Bromfield School trustee, active volunteer, gifted quilter and knitter
Carri Pennell. (Courtesy photo)
Caroline Borden Pennell, affectionately known as “Carri,” formerly of Harvard, died peacefully at her home in Cotuit on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at the age of 81.
Carri was born on March 20, 1939, in Boston, to Stanley and Margaret Sisson. She graduated from Lexington High School and received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Radcliffe College. She was married to John “Jack” Pennell for 53 years before his passing in 2011, and they raised three sons, Mark, Kurt, and Evan, in Harvard. Carri served as president of the trustees of the Bromfield School, and was a valued member of the Harvard Finance Committee, the building committee of the current Hildreth Elementary School, and a member of the League of Women Voters and Harvard Conservation Trust. While raising her family, Carri worked as a computer programmer for CompInc.
Carri treasured her friends and time spent in Stonehurst, Nova Scotia, where she owned a home on Schooner Cove and spent her summers. She was a member of the Ice House Spinners and gave spinning demonstrations as a volunteer at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was also a gifted quilter and knitter and enjoyed baking with her grandchildren. She is lovingly remembered as someone who cherished spending time with her family, was creative and generous, and always had a kind word for everyone.
Carri is survived by her brother, Jonathan Sisson of Bangor, Maine; her three sons, Mark Pennell of Brooklyn, New York, Kurt Pennell of Waban, and Evan Pennell of Hingham; her daughters-in-law, Allison, Page, and Carlene; and her six grandchildren, Sam and Aidy, Cameron and Amelia, and Lindsey and Cooper.
The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Carri’s name to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, P.O. Box 1363, Lunenburg, NS, B0J2C0, Canada.