Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Penny Jo  Ireland Memorial
Penny Jo  Ireland Memorial

Penny Jo Ireland

Penny Jo Ireland

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Penny Jo (McDonald) Ireland, 65, daughter of Robert & Doris McDonald, was born in Mt. Vernon, WA on December 20, 1952.

She graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School while growing up in Clearlake, WA, lived there most of her life. Safe to say, she’s a true Laker girl!
Penny Jo married Robert Ireland on June 11, 1993 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on one of their many adventures. She was the best travel partner Bob ever had and they put many miles on together, and always had a great time. She was excellent around a wood fire and a great cook. Her barbecues will always be remembered. She worked in construction for many years; known has the “Happy Flagger”. She never forgot anyone’s Birthday.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Ireland; daughters, Nicole (Jason) Newell, Tobi Mannon, Heather (Jeff) Pitman, Erin Earles, Annie Ireland (Ziad), Gina Inskeep; son, Nick Ireland; sister, Cheri (Kelly) Sego; grandchildren, Luke, Dylan, Cole, Samantha Jo, Shaluana, Jessie, Orin, Ryan, Beka, Logan and Hanna; great grandchildren, Logan, Seren, June and one more on the way; many special cousins, nephews, nieces, and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Doris McDonald; sister, Vickie Laney; daughter, Allison Clark.

Penny Jo was always the life of the party and all who knew her loved her. It’s the Penny Jo show and we’re lucky to be a part of it.

Services will be held at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles, May 20, 2018 at 3 pm. Share your memories of Penny Jo and sign the online guest register.


  • Kay Price

    Penny Jo (Big Red); what can I say but loved her so much!! She was my friend and my “protector”! I will never forget all the good times we had and though our lives took different paths she was and will not ever be forgotten. Prayers for all the family and friends! She will be truly missed.

    Kay Dobbs Price

  • Hannah

    Penny was such a fun loving and warm-hearted woman. As a child i spent a lot of time at she and Bobs house. Penny was always making food and telling stories. I’ll never forget the evening that we sat around their kitchen table talking and laughing until way into the night. I’m glad we have pictures to remember it by. Annie was like my sister growing up and by default that made Bob and Penny like another set of parents. I love them both and i will dearly miss sweet Penny Jo.

  • Nancy Rigacci

    Oh Penny, hard to believe you are gone. We had good times together, the best! I will never forget them and will treasure them always. Sorry our lives took different paths and I didn’t stay in touch. You were always in my heart and prayers. You will be missed much. Love you Penny Jo!

  • Annie Ireland

    Penny, I have a lifetime of memories that include you and every single one of them involves a happy time in my life. Whether at the nooksack river, grandy lake, lake shannon, cockerham island, south skagit looking for morel mushrooms, logging road adventures, back yard bbq’s, Idaho reunions, infamous 4th of July parties or something as simple as a hall’s cheeseburger with goop and pickles…. all those special times we shared.
    I always appreciated when you would make me side vegetarian plates and I’ll miss your uncle dans dressing with garden fresh veggies and those prized kohlrabi you loved!
    Thank you for being exactly who you were, unapologetically yourself to the very end. I’m sure going to miss you.