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Florence Penker

April 27, 1922 — January 5, 2023


Florence Bingham Penker, 100, stepped peacefully into heaven at 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2023, in Burleson, Texas. She was born on April 27, 1922, in Groton, South Dakota to Guy G. and Mary Jane Bingham.

Florence grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she graduated from Proviso High School in 1940.  She enjoyed a long career with Sears as a Credit Department Supervisor. After retiring from Sears in 1984, she went on to work for Consumer Credit Counseling Services and H&R Block. She was active in The Fort Worth Credit Managers Association and Credit Women International.

She married Robert (Bob) Penker in 1943.  Following World War II, Florence and Bob moved with their daughters from Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas. They were happily married for 46 years. Florence was a long-time member of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. At the time of her death, she was a long-standing member of Chisholm Summit Community Church.

Florence enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and overseas.  She also took many cruises, even treating 15 family members to a Hawaiian cruise.  Florence liked working jigsaw puzzles and playing board games, card games and dominoes.  She attended monthly game days with her daughters and their husbands – and she usually won!

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Penker; her father, Guy G Bingham; her mother and stepfather Mary Jane and Martin Engelson; her sisters and their husbands, Ruth and Ray Brown and Lila and Herb Hecketsweiler; and her son-in-law, Bill Tompkins.

Florence is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Sharon and Clyde Haggard of Fort Worth, Texas; Mary Jane Tompkins of Blue Mound, Texas; Judy and Neil Horn of Frisco, Texas.

She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses: Gus and Nancy Klinkenberg, Mira and David Wade, Justin and Sara Horn, Royce Tompkins, Rachel and Jarrad Reeves, Janie and Tim Want, Angela and Kevin Baker.

In addition, she is survived by great-grandchildren: Travis Stuebing; Bethany Klinkenberg; Kayden, Wesley and Waylon Want; Grace and Stella Horn; Audrey, Grant, and Lila Reeves; and Perri and Kinley Baker.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to:

Russ Clowdus

c/o Missions Office

Denton Bible Church

2300 E. University Drive

Denton, TX 76209

Condolences may be left on the online tribute wall for Florence Penker at

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, prosperity, and honor. Proverbs 21:21

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