In Memoriam

Penny Wheatcroft (Waters)

Penny Wheatcroft (Waters)

Beth Prilaman Witt came across Penny's obituary just the other day so here it is. Those of us who knew Penny loved her. 



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07/13/14 09:39 PM #1    

Beth Prillaman (Witt)

Penny was a person to be remembered. She always had a smile on her face. She was friendly, outgoing, and had a crazy giggle! No one was a stranger to Penny. Since she had a car, she would pick up a bunch of us for school. Penny wouldn't make left hand turns after she was involved in several accidents making left hand turns. Getting someplace was a challenge! We enjoyed playing "zee bridge" (as Penny called it) in the summer on her front porch. She was a jv and varisity cheerleader. She attended Mary Washington College.

Penny married Bobby Waters. They had a son, Todd, born in June 1971 and a daughter, Wesley, born in August 1974. Penny, Pat Livesay Rheutan and I enjoyed a play group we had for our children. Penny lived life to the fullest. This was evident throughout her life even to the end. Shortly after Wesley was born, she was diagnosed with a rare lung disease where the lung tissue turned to muscle making breathing extremely difficult. She died in March 1977. 

07/14/14 06:40 PM #2    

Betty Lee Davis

Hi, Beth--

It was very nice to read your remembrance of Penny.  You described her just as I knew her.  We knew each other not only at TJ but also, at Hill School.  I last saw her at Poor Richards Restaurant/Pub on Franklin Street, where I often went to hear the music on my trips home.  I haven't lived in Richmond since graduating from RPI [last class as RPI] in 1968, but I came home often to see my mother and friends until I relocated my mother to Villanova in 1999 to be with me. Later, she entered a nearby assistant living/nursing care community. After her relocating here, it was harder to get home.  Until then, I came home often and kept up with friends from various chapters of my life.  I was in Louisville, KY in graduate school for three years after RPI, then in Williamsburg working for for five years, then Baltimore/Columbia, MD working for eight years, and then Bryn Mawr/Villanova, PA where I relocated for a doctoral program and stayed in the area.  It was on one of those trips home while I was in  Maryland that I saw Penny.  She was very much her friendly, bubbly self, but I think it was then that I learned then that about her illness and later of her death, which saddened me.

Look forward to seeing you in the coming closer, not too distant future!  How quickly ten years pass!!

Betty Lee



07/14/14 10:08 PM #3    

Ronald Wagner Phillips

I’ve always  thought of Penny (cancer) and Mike Kuper (accident) as the precurseurs of our own mortality. It’s good to know that Penny had a (somewhat) full life with a husband and children. We do tend to meter our lives alongside those of our temporaries. I find myself reading the obituaries of the small island where I now reside, knowing no one. The only piece that has resonated – a contemporary died on the camino in spain – having been on the compostelle in france was reassuring.

10/28/15 02:07 PM #4    

Willie Caplan

penny was so nice, and so pretty. i knew her but not that well, but she was so pleasant to be around her. i know she is looking down at her friends, and her family. we will always miss her

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