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Penelope “Penny” Jean Putnam

Penelope “Penny” Jean Putnam passed away on May 6, 2020, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville at the age of 65 from several medical difficulties.

Penny was born Sept. 24, 1954, the daughter of Robert and Zoe Putnam in Louisville, Ky. She was a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School close to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and graduated in 1976 from Maryville College close to Knoxville, Tenn., with a degree in Art Education. Penny has maintained very close friendships with her Maryville group.

Penny moved to Washington D.C. where she worked as a tax librarian, then to Plano, Texas where she began a successful career as a daycare director. She worked for Kinder Care there, then moved to Atlanta in 1980 where she directed several more Kinder Care locations, truly an Executive Director “extraordinaire” (she loved the children and parents and they loved her). She then worked for Peachtree Presbyterian Church and The Chastain School as director of child care.

Penny moved up to Dawsonville in 2012 and shared a home with her mother on beautiful Lake Lanier. She relished her time serving as Executive Director of Good Shepherd Clinic that provides free non-emergency health services to uninsured residents until 2015. She was such a hard worker no matter what she did.

In Atlanta, Penny was an active member of St. John United Methodist Church. She has remained close friends with her “St. John Gang”. Her faith and devotion to Jesus Christ were furthered by her attending the Walk to Emmaus spiritual retreat, then serving on many subsequent “walks” and later on the Board of the North Georgia Walk to Emmaus community. 

In Dawsonville, Penny was a founding member and deeply devoted to her church and church family at Grace Presbyterian Church. She participated in many Bible studies over the years.

Penny and her parents traveled worldwide on many fascinating trips including to Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. She was incredibly creative, knowledgeable in art, history, geography and current events. She loved her family and was an avid reader; Penny was passionate and indulgent to her dogs Darby, Suzie and Missy. 

Penny had an infectious smile and contagious laugh. She cheered up those around her.

Penny is survived by her mother, Zoe Putnam; and brothers, Michael Putnam of Dawsonville, and Bobby (Barbara) of Vail, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews who she adored.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Putnam in 2004.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to either Grace Presbyterian Church, 170 Hwy. 9, Dawsonville, GA 30534 or Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, 45 Medical Center Drive, Dawsonville, GA  30534.