Obituary of Alice Mae “Scotty” Pfenninger ~ 2008
Homer resident, Alice Mae “Scotty” Pfenninger, 82, died Sept. 5, 2008 at Friendship
Terrace Assisted Living in Homer.
Family services were held Sept. 9 at the Homer Funeral Home followed by burial at the
Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer. Memorial services were held Sept. 10 at Friendship
Terrace in Homer. The Rev. Charles Martindell officiated.
Born Feb. 7, 1926 in Franklin, Ind. to Carl and Eva Scott, Alice Mae graduated from
Franklin High School in 1943, where she was nicknamed “Scotty” by her closest friends.
She attended Franklin College and Indiana University Medical Center. Scotty worked for
Johnson County Public Schools and the U.S. Army Dental Clinic in Franklin where she met
her husband, Lieutenant Philip Pfenninger in 1946. They married that year and moved to
Farmington, Minn. where Phil taught school and two of their children were born. After
serving two years in Lawton, Okla. during the Korean War, the family moved to Perham,
Minn., Duluth, Minn., and Omaha, Neb.
While in Omaha, Scotty went back to work and continued to raise four children. She was
employed by Nebraska Furniture Mart, First United Methodist Church and First West Side
Bank. In 1971 Scotty earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of NE
at Omaha, followed in 1977 by a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She worked for
School District 66, where she developed Special Education programs for both elementary
and secondary schools. After retiring in 1986, Scotty enjoyed touring the United
States with Phil. They settled in Medford, Ore. near their son, Roger. There Scotty
volunteered as a “Pink Lady” and auxiliary president for Rogue Valley Medical Center.
In 2006 they moved to Homer, Alaska near their daughter, Rita.
Scotty was active in the Methodist Church and enjoyed camping, bird-watching, music,
baseball, reading, puzzles, helping others, and especially spending time with her
family. They say, “She loved intensely and was loved by all who knew her. She laughed,
sang, danced and played and was carried into heaven by three majestic Sandhill cranes,”
on the day of her burial.
Scotty was preceded in death by her parents; son, Douglas Pfenninger; brother, Robert
Scott; sisters, Valeria Moore, Virginia Murray and Elizabeth Vaught.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Phil Pfenninger; brother, Jack Scott; son,
Roger Pfenninger; daughters Rita Pfenninger-Hoare and Debra Kemp; grandchildren, Julie
Johnson, Travis Pfenninger, Alicia Aldrich, Joe and Garrett Hoanin, Iris and Chandler
Kemp; numerous great-grandchildren; favorite niece, Mary Elizabeth Williams and life-
long friend, Barbara Swiggett Dahlen.
Arrangements were by the Homer Funeral Home.
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