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Irma "Penny" House
December 11, 1929 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Irma (Penny) House passed away peacefully in Ellicott City, Maryland on February 6, 2024, at the young age of 94.
She was born on December 11, 1929, in Virginia, to Raymond and Lillian Morris. After residing in Virginia and Ohio, the family settled in Catonsville, Maryland. She was the oldest of four siblings, brothers include Leonard, Wayne and sister Linda. She graduated from Catonsville High School in 1947, where she played basketball and sang in the choir. She was accepted into the Maryland General Nursing Diploma Program and graduated in 1950. She had a very dedicated 40 year nursing career where she shared her compassion and skills in several hospitals. She practiced at Maryland General on the medical surgical floor, St. Agnes surgery suites, and served the longest at Bon Secours medical and education departments. She completed her nursing career at Childrens Rehabilitation Hospital. She also went on to obtain her Bachelors of Nursing from St. Josephs College of Maine.
Through family friends, she met the love of her life, William House, Sr. They were wed June 1951 in Catonsville. Bill and Penny initially settled in northern Baltimore County, then moved to Catonsville where she resided for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by spouse William House Sr, son in law Tommy Grimes, Siblings Leonard, Wayne and Linda. She is survived by daughter Denise Anthony (Charles), son William House Jr, (Colleen), daughter Renee Wolfe (Mark). She always said she fell in love all over again when she became a grandmother. Her grandchildren; Justin House (Brittany), Stacey Logsdail (Jeff), and Maddy. She said they enriched her life greatly and kept her young. Within the last year and a half, the family has grown to include sweet great grandchildren Rylie (Stacey) and Greyson (Maddy).
Being raised in the Christian faith, Penny was a long-standing member in the Episcopal church. Her home church was St. Timothy’s in Catonsville, until she moved into Carroll County for a short time and transferred to St. Stephens Episcopal. She sang in choirs and helped with bible studies.
Throughout her life, she was always singing. Whether it be in church, the shower, in the car or to her children’s embarrassment to their friends with the Good Morning Song, or sweetly with the Sweet Adelines. She especially loved the singing competitions within the Sweet Adelines, first a member of the Catonsville Sweet Adelines and then joined the Dundalk Sweet Adelines. She traveled extensively with her competitions to California, Florida, Hawaii and Canada. After competition stopped, her singing members gathered for lunches and named themselves the “Just friends club”. She was a true and loving friend.
She had a great love of family, and always encouraged and planned get togethers whether it be camping, holidays or traveling.
In her memory, the family asks that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Gilchrist Hospice.