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Born: Dec 05, 1952

Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2021

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Penny passed away suddenly on January 19, 2021, at home. Over her lifetime, she dealt with many health issues which caused her physical and psychological pain. Last month her body surrendered, stopping the struggle.
Penny is mourned by her loving sister Pam; niece Holly; nephew Lincoln; plus numerous friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Hazel McKechnie.
Penny was born in Winnipeg on December 5, 1952, and raised in East Kildonan. After attending university for several years, she decided to enter the School of Nursing at Health Sciences Centre. Penny's desire to join a caring profession began with her working as a Health Care Aide for three summers on GH4. She graduated as a Nurse in 1975 in the first class of nurses from the newly formed Health Sciences Centre (H.S.C.) and was employed for 32 years on the labour floor at Women's Centre. Penny, meticulously dressed, was a caring, skilled, detail-oriented nurse who often assumed a charge nurse role with her signature squeaky shoes announcing her arrival into a patient's room! Penny was a loyal friend and developed many lifelong friendships from her time spent in the workplace. After retiring from H.S.C. in 2008 she worked for several more years at Beacon Hill Lodge.
Thank you to the kind people from Fort Garry Place, Winnipeg Police Services and Office of Medical Examiner for their respect and support.
At Penny's request cremation has taken place. A private interment will be held. She will be laid to rest with her McKechnie grandparents in Brookside Cemetery in early spring, after which time you may view the graveside service on Penny's obituary page at
Should you desire, please make a donation in Penny's memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Albert Einstein

May she rest in peace and may her memory be a blessing.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Tender but tough is how I remember Penny from the Labor Floor. Grateful for the chance to get to know and work with her. I was unaware of her suffering but know that Penny had a strong resolve and resilience few people can muster up in that kind of courage. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing from an angel now know many of her family and friends will be watched over with care. Extending my sincere condolences and prayers that joyous memories are remembered by all that knew her. With loving thoughts, Lisa Sears - Posted by: Lisa Sears (Retired RN colleague @ Wonen’s Hospital 2nd floor) on: Apr 27, 2021

  • We were saddened to hear of Penny's passing . Penny was known for her expertise and excellence. On behalf of the WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Penny's family and friends. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: Feb 14, 2021

  • Classmates then much later - a coworker @ Women’s .... She was a welcome face during my orientation... Please accept my sincere condolences. Sharon Class of 1975 - Posted by: Sharon O’Shaughnessy (Fellow Classmate HSC School of Nursing 1975) on: Feb 12, 2021

  • Dear Pam, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your sister, Penny and also the suffering she endured. I remember you girls as childhood neighbors and friends, growing up on Sydney Ave. I pray that you find some joy and peace in the the memories that you have. - Posted by: George Malmstrom (friend) on: Feb 10, 2021

  • My condolences and respect at this time of your loss. - Posted by: Scott Prior (friend) on: Feb 09, 2021

  • Deepest condolences on your loss. May fond memories warm your heart Pamela. Penny is free from pain and suffering. May she rest in peace. I will remember her as a fun and caring person who had a great sense of humor. Lynn - Posted by: Lynn Chwartacki (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • Penny and I worked together on Labour Floor at Women’s Hospital for too many years to remember. She was always a delight to work with. Her care and compassion was so heartfelt, you always knew her patients would receive the best of care. Hearing about Penny’s untimely passing has just been so sad. I wish her sister, niece and nephew only happy memories of a life of service and dedication well lived. Rest Peacefully Penny. Thanks for all your help in establishing The Keepsake Programme at Women’s Hospital. - Posted by: Susan Dolinski (Coworker ) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • Pam, I am very sorry to hear about your sister. Take care of yourself. - Posted by: Liz neault (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

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