Penny Plummer

Penny Eilene Plummer

1957 - 2022

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Obituary of Penny Eilene Plummer

Penny Eilene Plummer, age 64, of Lakeside, CA, passed away the evening of Monday, 03/28/2022, at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California.


Penny was born on October 9, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois to mother Jean Gillie and father Albert Gillie.


She is survived by her husband, Paul Plummer; daughter Tracy Miles and her husband Johnny Miles; son Thomas Tompkins, Jr. and his wife Martha Tompkins and granddaughter Olivia Tompkins; brother Steve (Laurie); brother Jim (Gina); sister Kris (Chuck); sister Cathy (Mike); sister Sue (Rick), sister Judy (Joe); sister Pam and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. She will be sorely missed by all.


Penny was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Jean, her brother Bruce, her sister Nancy and her nieces Danielle and Theresa.


Penny grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois and relocated with her family to Del Cerro, California in 1974 where she remained until she married her first husband Thomas Tompkins. She graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1975. Thomas and Penny relocated to Long Beach, California where they would start their family and Tracy and Thomas Jr., lovingly known as T.J, would be born. In 1985 they relocated to Escondido, California where their children grew up on Gamble Lane. Penny met Paul in 2002. They were married in 2003 and purchased a home in Lakeside, California where she lived until she died.


Penny loved Mexican food, and sweets; watching true crime shows; cooking and baking cream puffs; listening to Rod Stewart's music; swimming with Olivia, spending time with family and friends, and being a good neighbor.


Penny loved her family more than anything and took great pride in taking care of her granddaughter during the week for the first four years of her childhood until she began Preschool. She loved her many sisters and brothers and valued her relationships with each of them. She was kind and caring and always helped others when she could by preparing a hot meal or lending a listening ear. Penny was genuinely happy to spend time with her people. She always thought the best of everybody and didn't believe in passing judgment upon others. Penny was known by her friends, coworkers and family for her famous cookies and fudge platters during the Christmas season.


Penny was a retail worker by trade, and looked back fondly on the many years she spent working for Price Club in Escondido. She was loyal, honest, and hard-working, and she took special care to be friendly with retail workers at businesses she frequented. Everyone who met Penny throughout the years loved her.


Memorial services will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30p.m., at:



Nan Couts Cottage


5045 Memorial Drive


La Mesa, CA 91942


(619) 630-9508


Penny’s final resting place:

Oak Hill Memorial Park

2640 Glenridge Rd,

Escondido, CA 92027


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Penny's honor to; Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF); Susan G. Komen Foundation; or Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Memorial Service

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Nan Couts Cottage
5045 Memorial Drive
La Mesa, California, United States
Join family and friends to celebrate and remember the life of Penny.

Penny's Final Resting Place

Oak Hill Memorial Park 2640 Glenridge Road Escondido, CA 92027