Obituary for Penelope Ann Sambell

Penelope Ann Sambell, 84, of Arlington, TX passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Penny was born in Hobart, Australia on August 1, 1935 to the late Hugh and Elizabeth Baugh. She graduated from the Friends School, University of Tasmania, and The University of North Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s in education.

She married Kenneth William Sambell on December 20, 1958 in London, England. They emigrated from Australia to Texas in 1962, where she raised four sons, and in 1976, began teaching in Arlington ISD at Morton Elementary. Ken and Penny moved to Arizona in 1985, where she also taught school and later worked for America West Airlines. In 1996, they returned to their same house in SW Arlington, where Penny resumed her teaching career. She retired from teaching with Arlington ISD – Speer Elementary in 2001.

Penny had a wonderful, generous spirit and boundless energy. At the University of Tasmania, she was a student government leader and played college basketball. In 1957, she left Australia to travel the world. Once here in Texas, Penny became a very active member of the Arlington community, where she exemplified “service before self.” Early on, she recognized the racial inequities that existed in the South in the 60`s. She worked with Ken to change this by raising money for early school programs in under served areas of Arlington. She was PTA President at Little Elementary, Cub Scout Den Leader, soccer coach, and a Red Cross volunteer.

She was a member of St. Barnabas United Methodist Church where she was an active and faithful servant to others, and where she enjoyed making new friends among her church family. She was always an enthusiastic gardener and lover of nature, and was very proud to have earned the title of Texas Master Gardener.

Penny was a loving and exceptional mother to her boys and showed an unwavering commitment to her husband throughout their 60-year marriage. She will be missed immeasurably by her entire family.

She is survived by four sons: Warren Sambell (Deb) of Arlington, David Sambell (Svetlana) of Gilbert, AZ, Andrew Sambell (Susan) of Waxahachie and Stephen Sambell (Suzanne) of Clear Lake Texas; Sisters, Catherine Breier and Elizabeth Brady, both of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. She is also survived by seven grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents and husband, Ken Sambell.

Penny believed you should always be charitable. In lieu of flowers please make a charitable donation to the Open Arms Health Clinic or Scholarship Committee at St Barnabas Church.

A Memorial service is planned for March 21, 2020 at 10 am at St Barnabas United Methodist Church, 5011 W Pleasant Ridge Rd, Arlington, TX.

3 Replies to “Obituary for Penelope Ann Sambell”

  1. Mrs Sambell was so kind and giving. She was our cub scout leader for years. She and Mr. Sambell always had a smile and kind word for you. Although I had not seen her in many years, her passing touched me. I am sorry to hear of her passing. Brad Smith

  2. I love you Mom. You have always been and will always be my Guardian Angel. Thank you for always being there for me. David

  3. I will always remember Penny as a generous, gracious, intelligent lady with a good sense of humour. As a child in Australia, family visits from the Texan Sambells were much anticipated. I still have gifts that Auntie Penny brought with her – a Betsy Ross paper doll set and two pixie dolls to hang up. Later she sent some Barbie furniture which would not be seen in Australia till much later. Over the years as the US/Aus family ties continued there have been visits in both directions. I am grateful to Penny for a couple of short stays by my son Tristan. He got to know Penny and Ken and is very saddened to hear of her passing. Two years ago at aged 82 Penny travelled solo to Australia to see her sisters in Tasmania and to see nieces and nephews in Melbourne. It was a delight to have her stay with me and my husband Terry. Always interested and interesting, always appreciative and giving, Penny will be greatly missed by her Australian relatives.
    Love to our cousins and their families especially at this sad time.
    Lynda Quigley (née Sambell)

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