Mary "Penny" Moulden
"Penny" (Mary) Moulden
Penny was born February 22, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas. She was the first of seven children to Clarence and Carolyn Purcer. She attended schools in California, and even won the title of Miss Southern California, 1959. She was married and had three children before moving to Billings, Montana in 1970: Kim Koch (a resident of Washington with her husband Clark), Randy Rich (a resident of Montana), and Teri Leroy (a resident of Montana with her husband Jacques).
Penny was a creative person whose interests ranged throughout many mediums of art. For years she made a great deal of the décor in her own home, including many lovely paintings. Her career in Cosmetology was just another extension of her creative abilities. "Gramma Penny" had five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.. .and one more great grandchild on the way, for which she was happy to learn just before her passing. Penny found delight in many things. She would tirelessly experiment with different activities involving bonsai, bunka embroidery, knitting, and especially painting. She has left behind creations for which we can remember her many abilities.
Penny was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the 1970s. MS made her life very challenging and restrictive, but she didn't let it stop her from pursuing her love of art and creating all that she could.
She left us quietly on early Saturday morning, September 2nd, 2018 There are so many things she will be remembered for: Her love of a good joke, a never-ending appreciation for Monty Python bits, a desire to hold puppies, always ready for a cold Pepsi, Star Wars movies, her acute attendance to the shopping network, and a great respect for her God. But mostly, she will be remembered for her incredibly strong and tenacious spirit.