of Hot Springs, AR
December 30, 1944 - September 14, 2023
Penny Ann (Franks) Formby, age 78, our beloved mother, sister, grandma and loyal friend went home to be with our Lord and Savior on September 14, 2023. Penny was born on December 30, 1944 in Texarkana, TX to Vernia Nell and J.W. Franks. Penny was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Ronnie Formby and her parents. Penny is survived by her loving daughter, Deanna (Rick) Ferguson of Little Rock and her son, Ronnie (Dee Anna) Formby of Hot Springs; sisters, Peggy (Bruce) Munson of Little Rock and Betsy (Dave) Bramlett of Hope and her sister-in-law, Robyn (Ronnie) Blasingame of Maumelle; nine grandchildren; Randi McLemore (Jacob), Taylor, Brock Ferguson (Kate), Jack, Claire, Ally and Abby Ferguson and Ronni Colleen and Winnifred Formby and two great grandchildren, Sicilia and Ford Ferguson. Penny had a long career as a business teacher at Hope High School. She loved to play golf and tennis and was an active member of First United Methodist Church, PEO, Garden Club, Book Club and bridge clubs. However, her first love was traveling the world with friends and family. A memorial service to celebrate Penny's life will be held at First United Methodist Church, September 23, 2023 at 11:00am at 1100 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, you can donate in her name to First United Methodist Church Hot Springs or to PEO, AP Chapter. Her joy for life and dedication to family and friends will always be cherished and deeply missed.
We met in the early 70â€™s when we moved into a new subdivision about the same time. A bonded friendship started right away, and it has spanned the years. While moves took us to different states and in different directions, we managed to stay in touch and continued to visit, travel and support each other through many life changes. Penny was one of those forever friends, always fun, always caring, always the same loving spirit. Our birthdays were just a couple of weeks apart, and she always called me to remind me I was now older than she was! I will miss this sweet friend. Sending loving prayers to Ronnie, Deanna and their families for peace and comfort.
It was always a special day when your beautiful Penny came to Chenal to golf! She was a shining star in our day! We will always remember that sweet smile and laughter of a very special friend. Rest well sweet lady! Love to all the family. Darla Goodwin
Penny was one of my dearest friends the years I lived in Hot Springs. She was a wonderful person, and I feel privileged to have known her. We have lost touch since I moved to CO seven years ago, and I was shocked to learn of her death. I'll always remember her and cherish our friendship. My heartfelt condolences to her children and grandchildren.
Penny was my motherâ€™s dearest friend and one of my many â€œmothersâ€ when growing up in Hope. She taught, disciplined, and loved me. I picture her on the tennis court with my mom living her best life. I loved her and will miss her dearly!
Penny will be terribly missed. Our hearts go out to her family. Now may she rest in peace and her and Ron Sr. Are together watching and taking care from there family from above.
You have my Symphathy!
What a blessing it has been to know Penny for the last several weeks. Heaven sure gained a sweet soul last week. She was full of spunk and I loved to see her smile. She will be greatly missed and I know she is up in heaven with Suzy and they are having a big time.