Penelope Jane Toothman passed away on June 27th, 2016 at Anschutz Medical Center from cardiac arrest after battling Leukemia. She was 67.
Private family graveside services will be held. A memorial celebration will be held Tuesday, July 5th, at 1:00 P.M. at Cornerstone Church, 1190 South Lashley Lane, Boulder. Gene Binder will officiate the service.
Born July 30th, 1948 to parents Robert J. Toothman and Phyllis Mary Davies in Ottawa, Canada, Penelope lived the life of a military child. The family found its way to Hawaii, where Penelope graduated from the prestigious Punahou School. She went on to earn her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Oregon. After meeting her future husband in Santa Barbara, CA, she married Thomas Leroy Paquette on July 26th, 1997 in Honolulu, HI.
She excelled in her career as a molecular biologist, working as a research scientist at the University of Oregon, Washington University, the University of Washington, and the University of Tromso in Norway, where she also enjoyed a teaching position. Once settled in Boulder in 1992, Penelope worked at Nexstar Pharmaceuticals. When not hard at work in the lab or classroom, Penelope loved to dance. Ultimately, her combined love for science and exercise built the perfect bridge for the final phase of her career, that of a nutritionist. In this capacity, Penelope was heavily influenced by the philosophies and findings of Linus Pauling and Bruce Ames. A devout Christian, Penelope cherished her time working with the Doorways program at First Presbyterian Church in Boulder, predominantly working as an ESL teacher with the wives of employees.
Penelope is survived by her husband, Thomas Leroy Paquette (Boulder, CO) and her son, Elliot Andrew Paquette (Columbus, OH). Please keep Penelope in your thoughts and prayers; hopefully, she's running happily on her beloved beaches of Santa Barbara. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church, 1190 S. Lashley Lane, Boulder, CO 80305.