Marion Joyce Penoza - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Marion Joyce Penoza

Born May 23, 1924

Marion Joyce Penoza, age 90, passed away at her home in Hockessin, DE on November 9, 2014 surrounded by her family.

She was born Marion J. Smith in Detroit, MI on May 23, 1924. She married her high school sweetheart, Frank Penoza, on January 27, 1942 in Fort Worth, TX, where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.

Marion was a homemaker who raised 5 sons, and went on to assist Frank in running a small family business. She relocated with her growing family from Michigan to Wilmington, DE in 1955, when Frank took a job as a mechanical engineer with the DuPont Co. In 1981 Frank and Marion started their own business, Pen Associates, Inc., manufacturing and marketing specialty tools for cutting and machining Dupont’s Kevlar product. They operated the business for over 30 years, obtaining eight U.S. patents along the way. Marion worked in the business continuously from its inception in 1981 until October 2014.

Marion was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Frank. She is survived by her sister Betty Michel, age 94, of Clawson MI; 5 sons, Richard and Jacqueline of Loudon TN, Thomas and Cheryl of New Castle, DE, Gerald of Wilmington, DE, James of McComb, MS, and Larry of Bellevue, WA; 8 grand children; and 5 great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and all those who knew her.

At Marion’s request, a small service will be held for family members only.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.


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  • My friend Marion loves me a lot she was a very special and wonderful terrific friend I always go with her every Thursday to go to Jc.Penney Hai salon to get her done and we always go to the charcoal pit to have a small cheeseburger and always share sweet potato fries and we always get cookies in creme ice cream and we always sit and talk to each other and she always gives me a hug and I always gives her a hug too I always call her every night at 6 : 20 to say good night and I love her and I hope she will have a good night she always buy me lunch at the charcoal pit We have so many pictures of her and I together she had a big beautiful home and I always love her and I miss her a lot

  • Our love and prayers go to the family as you bury your mother. We were neighbors in Sherwood Park for many years and she was a very special lady. Love and peace, Margaret and Leon Slocomb and Family

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I did not know your loved one personally, but I do know the pain of losing a loved one in death. It is my hope that you may find comfort from family and friends, and from “the God of all comfort” who can provide us with peace during such difficult times. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

  • The Goodchild family sends our condolences to Tom and his family. We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May you take comfort in your memories.

  • I want to express my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Marion penoza. Anytime that we loss someone in death can be the hardest experience that a person can go thur. Please know that I will keep your entire family in my prayers. Rest assure that God understand the loss you are feeling for Marion. Know that God wants you to rely on him for comfort. (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4) So please keep the memory of Marion alive in you hearts because one day soon God is gooing to reunite us back with those we have loss in death. (John 5: 28, 29)