Penny Josephine Willer

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Penny Josephine Willer passed away on June 28, 2018. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 74 years on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, 2 p.m. at the Indiana Avenue Baptist Church, Lubbock, Texas. 

Penny was born on July 24, 1943, to the late Arthur and Bessie (McDonald) Mancille in Stamford, Texas. She graduated from Aspermont High School and attended Hardin-Simmons University where she obtained her master’s degree. On July 15, 1962, she married Stuart Willer in Winterhaven, California. Penny taught at Old Glory and Aspermont High School, where she shared her love of history and learning.  After retiring from teaching, Penny and Stu moved to Lubbock in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren, and joined Indiana Aveenue Baptist Church.

Penny is survived by her husband, Stuart Willer; son, Stuart Willer, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Shallowater, daughter, Shelley Hulsey and husband Joey of Lubbock; grandchildren Jaycie, Jayden, and Jenna Willer, Courtney Gibbons and husband Brandon, and Kyle, Joseph and Sarah Hulsey; great-grandchildren, Carter and Blake Gibbons; brother, Arthur “Doc” Mancille, Jr.; sister, Cyndi Johnson; half-brother, Jimi Mancille; half-sister, Lynn Garcia; nephews, Toby Johnson and wife Alexandra “Alex”, and Blade Johnson; nieces, Meredith Young and husband Rick, and Michelle Parish and husband Ryan; and her sister of the heart, Carol Bieber of Lubbock.


Memorials are suggested to the Indiana Avenue Baptist, 9507 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79423.


11 thoughts on “Penny Josephine Willer”

  1. Bruce and Nancy Morgan

    Penny was a great teacher and my teacher friend. We are praying for her family.?

  2. Jerre Cooper McAfee

    I knew Penny, as well as her whole family, growing up in Aspermont. Penny had loving and caring eyes that reflected her persona. So sorry for your loss. Heaven has gained a
    loving and caring angel.

  3. Kristi Sterling

    Mrs. Willer was one of my teachers in high school and I will never forget her! Truly saddened by the news of her passing. Prayers and condolences to her family.

  4. Jenny Mc Gough Russell

    Mrs Willer was a wonderful lady and teacher. She believed in me and helped me to believe in myself. Praying peace and comfort for the family. May she rest well in Jesus arms

  5. Leslie Jennings Brack

    Penny or “Mrs. Willer” as I knew her, was one of the finest and best teachers I ever encountered. . Her love and passion for history was contagious. I also have fond memories of her directing our One Act Plays at Old Glory. I’m lifting prayers for you her family and thanking God for the many ways she blessed my life.

  6. Sisters in Christ are sisters for life
    And then they are sisters beyond…
    Together they’ll be thru eternity,
    Because the Savior and Lord is their bond.

    Life may be hard, but God has a plan,
    And His plans are always good.
    I look eagerly forward to that day,
    When things again will be as they should.

    I’m so happy you’re with the Lord Jesus now,
    No more pain and your joy is complete
    But I will miss you dear sister friend,
    Until that wonderful day when we again meet.

  7. Danice Cochran

    My deepest condolences to the family. So sorry to hear of her passing but know that she is in the loving arms of her Savior. Penny and Stuart brought me to Texas from Maine where Stuart was stationed in the navy. They taught the youth at our church and we quickly created a bond. I had fairly recently graduated high school and was wanting to go to college and study accounting and take some Bible courses so she helped find out what testing I needed to do and applied and came to Texas and attended Hardin-Simmons University. I have been in Texas 40+ years and have raised a family. In saying all this Penny has a special place in my heart and she helped a young woman in a most positive way and helped grow her faith in the Lord.

  8. Mrs. Willer was my 7th and 8 th grade history teacher at Old Glory. She was a great teacher and fostered my love of history and exposed me to researching family genealogy. There are many things I learned in her class that I use in my own classroom. Prayers to the Willer family and know that her legacy lives on in her former students.

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