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CeCelia Patricia Penwell

December 19, 1944 - July 5, 2021

AULANDER, NC – CeCelia Patricia Penwell, age 76, of Millennium, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, July 5, 2021 at the Sentara Albemarle Medical Center of Elizabeth City, NC.

Patricia was born on December 19, 1944 to Percy Lee and Margaret Williford Mitchell in Bertie County, North Carolina. Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a registered nurse and enjoyed taking care of others as long as her health permitted. Patricia was a woman of God who loved and lived by His Word. She was a role model for her family and all that knew her. She spent thirty years as a registered nurse and took care of lots of mothers and babies in labor and delivery during her career. In her later years she became wheelchair bound but that never stopped her from reaching out to others.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings; Sidney Mitchell, Wilson Mitchell, Lenora Hughes, Jo Sharion Winn, and Julia Dixon.

Left to cherish Patricia’s memory is her son, Edward “E. Lee” Penwell and wife Deborah of South Mills; daughter, Margie Penwell of Aulander; two grandsons, Sebastian Rubio-Torres, and Cameron Penwell; granddaughter, Emma Penwell; two sisters, Winnifred Mitchell of Aulander, and Stella Hofler and husband Willie of Gatesville; brother, Julius Mitchell; and brother-in-law, Thomas Winn.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 9, 2021, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel-Aulander, Aulander, NC and other times at the home she shared with her sister, Winnifred Mitchell.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Aulander Baptist Church, Aulander, NC, with Rev. Phil Terry and Rev. E. Lee Penwell, officiating. Burial will follow at Aulander Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 554, Ahoskie, NC, 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Aulander Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Penwell family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting garrettsykesfs.com.

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Garrett-Sykes Aulander Chapel

117 South Commerce St.
Aulander, North Carolina 27805

Service Information

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021

Time: 10:00 am


Aulander Baptist Church

109 Harmon Street
Aulander, North Carolina 27805

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021


Aulander Cemetery

Pine Drive
Aulander, North Carolina

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