Penny Ward

Our beloved angel, Sally Penn Robb Ward, returned to her Heavenly Father on Dec 25, 2020 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Penny was born on February 17, 1945 to Zelma Barton Robb and Ivan Samuel Robb. She was the fifth child of seven. Her parents also helped raise three cousins and a few other “brothers and sisters.” She absolutely adored her siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. There was always a place at the table for anyone at the Robb home.
She met the love of her life, Gerald Howard Ward in 1962. They were married on May 22, 1964 in the St. George LDS temple. They were true sweethearts. Their love and devotion is one that books and movies are made about. They have four children: Lori, Holly, Derrick and Ryan. Family was always first to them. They never planned a fishing trip or vacation without them. Every Sunday morning was spent lying around mom and dad’s bed telling jokes, funny stories and getting caught up on each other’s week.
She inherited the love of the great outdoors from her Robb roots, particularly fishing. She taught all of her children and grandchildren how to fish. She was in her element when she had a fishing pole in her hands and was standing next to her best friend and sweetheart, Jerry.
She was a very talented and beloved hairstylist in Southern Utah. She owned several successful salons. She enjoyed bringing the latest styles and trends to Parowan and Cedar. You could always count on her for great advice or the latest joke. She later went into retail, and managed the shoe department at Christensen’s department store for many years.
She had a special gift of making every friend feel like they were her best friend, and every grandchild feel most important. Her grandchildren all believed that she was perfect. She was also quite the matchmaker. She is responsible for many happy unions.
She was a talented cook and loved to feed people. Some of her specialty treats included: sourdough pancakes, homemade rolls, her Momma’s chicken and noodles, and the world’s best pies.
Her love of God, unwavering faith, and testimony made Penny who she genuinely was. She was so loving, compassionate, and forgiving throughout her life. She exemplified so many Christlike qualities. Even when she didn’t feel well, she comforted her family and encouraged them to talk to God and find peace in his eternal plan.
She is our sunshine and sweet angel. She will be deeply missed by so many.
Penny is survived by her husband, Gerald Ward. Children; Lori (Kevin) Guyton, Holly (Bill) Ickes, Derrick (Cori) Ward, and Ryan Ward. Sisters; Ginger Hulet, and Jackie Benson. Brother; Gaylord Robb. 15 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; Ivan and Zelma Robb, step mother; Vivian Robb, brother; Val Robb, and sisters; Tess Mason, and Sandra Stevens.
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be a private memorial service for immediate family. There will be a graveside service at 1:30 PM on Wednesday December 30. She will be laid to rest in the Paragonah cemetery. In late spring or fall 2021, Penny’s family will host a Celebration of Life, and they sincerely hope all who love Penny will join in that celebration.



  1. JT and Mary Jo O'Neal December 29, 2020 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Condolence to all who knew and loved Penny, especially her kind family. She lived up to her name, she was a bright spot wherever she was.

  2. Wendy Bonzo December 30, 2020 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Rick and I are so sorry you all lost this amazing lady. She really always has been a sunshine to those around her. Sending our love and prayers.

  3. Tom Benson December 30, 2020 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Penny was truly “one in a million “! I will always cherish the wonderful memories I have of Penny! May God Bless Jerry and her family…now & always!

  4. BEVERLY WILKINSON December 31, 2020 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh! This makes me so sad. I love Penny so much. I worked with her at Christiansen. Kenny Miller and Penny and I and the whole shoe department would laugh all day long.

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