Penny Sue (Lenning) Goates was born August 30, 1961, in Hawarden, Iowa the daughter of Edwin and Patsy (Frost) Lenning. She grew up in Goldfield where she attended Goldfield Community School. After receiving her GED from Eagle Grove High School in 1979 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she attended Salt Lake City Community College for two years, studying to become a paralegal. She worked for Eastern Airlines in Salt Lake City and later for a law firm in Clear Lake, Iowa as a paralegal.
She was united in marriage to Kent Douglas Goates on June 16, 1979, in Salt Lake City. To this union, they had three children, Candice Marie, Cory Douglas, and Walker Ryan. They later separated.
Penny enjoyed watching movies and TV, traveling while working for the airline and being with family. Her favorite job was being a mother and grandmother. She loved her cat, Mason.
Penny died Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. She was 59.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Candice Marie Buchanan of Connelly Springs, NC and Walker Ryan (Heidi Miller) Goates of Meservey, Iowa; grandchildren; Mikayla, Kori, and Carter Buchanan, Ava, and Aubri Goates, and Kyra, Kymber, and Kamryn Miller; siblings, Deb (Ray) Govern of Bancroft, Iowa, David (Toni) Lenning of Salt Lake City, Utah, Charles Lenning of Goldfield, Iowa, Pat Lenning (Rhonda) of Mason City, Iowa, and Edwin (Tricia) Lenning of Woolstock, Iowa; stepmother, Diane Lenning of Pomeroy, Iowa and many nieces and nephews.
Penny was preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband, Kent Goates; son, Cory Douglas Goates; son-in-law, Mickey Buchanan, and sister-in-law, Rita Lenning.