Penny S. Kitterman
1950 - 2020
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November 14, 1950 ˜ July 27, 2020

Penny was born to Earl & Lucille Erdman in Longview, WA and grew up on Germany Creek. She graduated from Mark Morris High School in 1969. She went on to attend Western Washington University and Mount Hood Community College, where she taught classes for a short time.
She later became an occupational therapist assistant, which she enjoyed very much. She worked with both children and adults.
She moved to Vancouver in the 70s and worked in several long-term care facilities, which is where she met her husband, Coy R. Kitterman in 1986. They were married Dec. 31, 1988. They lived in Vancouver most of their 34 years together.
They owned Island Market on Puget Island in Cathlamet for four years.
Penny was an avid gardener, her yard was her sanctuary.
She loved traveling to the beach in their motorhome, trips to Maui, and making many wonderful friends along the way. The last couple of years, she enjoyed painting with watercolor and acrylics, both on canvas and also on rocks, which she loved to paint people’s pet’s faces on and surprise them with. Her precious rescue dog, Skittles, was always by her side.
She is survived by her husband, Coy; sister, Phyllis; two stepchildren, Amy & Matthew; stepgrandson, Jacob Pope; 3 nephews, Ted, Todd & Tim; high school friend, Erika Marks; along with her cousins, Dianne & Norma; and sister-in-law, Larecia Breunig, who helped take care of her the last couple weeks, and many dear friends.
At the end of her hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer, she was surrounded by many who loved her.
Donations may be made in Penny’s honor to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or made online at
A celebration of life will be held at some point in the future.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 9, 2020.
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August 18, 2020
penny is one of the sweetest people I'll ever know,when i married her nephew she through me a "family" bridal shower to welcome me into the family, and the kind words she said to me, I will always treasure!! when my mom passed away her and coy were one of the first people to stop by to see if we need help, she put a Picture collage together for me ( which I still have today ❤) you'll be missed at the family bunco games,but i know you'll be there in spirit, thank you coy for letting jason and I spend time with her before she passed, that Meant a lot!! I want to say thank you to her high school friend Erica for being there for penny and helping coy, what you did was Heroic and you will always be remembered THANK YOU! I want to share a pic of our dog Harley that Penny painted for us on a rock, penny was very and miss you Penny
August 13, 2020
Penny was my sister in law, one of the most special times we shared was, she was there with me when my son Lukas was born, holding my hand and keeping me calm. Her job was not an easy one, she was there for so many peoples last days, I was glad I could share someone's first moments of life with her. And I was there with for her last moments in this world. As I write this it brings back both of those times, the joy and the sadness to my heart. Thank you Penny for the love and joy you brought in to my brothers life, you helped him be more courageous, he came out on the dance floor, went to little beach, and so many more things. Thank you for loving my children, and always being there for us in all the trying times and good ones. You are so missed, by so many. So much love goes out to Coy, and all who loved her.......................
Larecia Breunig
August 11, 2020
Penny was one of the greatest people I have ever met she was so sweet and sincere and had the biggest heart of anybody I have met she had such a zest for life and always happy it's hard to meet such beautiful people in this life but she certainly was one of them that came into my family's life my heart breaks for Coy I would especially like to thank her high school friend that came down and took such good care of her and anyone else that did also. but I know her friend was there till the end she will be dearly missed❤❤❤ the Blair family
Kevin Blair
August 11, 2020
Penny was one of the most giving and loving person there could be so full of life and lived it to the fullest she was a great friend to my family and will be missed and my condolences go out to her husband Coy they were a wonderful couple Penny you will be Missed ❤❤❤ the Blair family.
Kevin Blair
August 9, 2020
Penny was one of our favorite people. Always a gracious and creative hostess, devoted wife and grandma, and an all-around wonderful person. We send our love to Coy and the family.❤
Arnold and Valerie Talvitie
August 9, 2020
Penny was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed.
Jenna Holliman
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