Mona Panther

06/09/1915 — 02/02/2014

From Richland, WA, USA | Born in Espanola, Washington

Mona Panther

Mona M. Panther, of Richland, WA went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 2, after living a long, fulfilled life.  Mona was born June 9, 1915 in Espanola, WA, to Bill and Minnie Clarke. She was the third of five children, growing up on a small truck farm near the Spokane River in Millwood, WA. In addition to their truck farm, they raised cucumbers for the Wilson Pickle Co. She learned to work, building produce boxes, hitching the horse to the sled, and gathering the produce for sale at the market. The family worked hard to make a living, and mom often reminded us kids that her family "didn't have a nickel to our name, but we always had plenty to eat!"  She attended school in Millwood, graduating from West Valley High School.  A good student, Mona also loved sports, especially tennis, winning three singles championships and two mixed doubles championships. Following high school she attended Kinman Business University and earned a Diploma in Secretarial. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Western Bottling Co. in Spokane.  Mona and Glen Panther were married in May 9, 1939 eventually settling in Richland, WA. 
Mom had many loves, first of which was her love for the Lord. She was a faithful servant, trusting God to answer the prayers she offered for her family, friends, and others in need. The next love for her was family.  She wanted to be a good mother, at which she certainly succeeded. She saw to it that we learned to work, to help one another, to be hospitable, to do our best in school, to have fun and to laugh a lot!  We learned charity by observing her active faith.  In her wisdom she helped us seek the right paths and provided comfort when the way was hard. Mom also loved other kids and loved to teach the 3-5 year old Sunday School.  She was a strong influence for good for three or more generations of children in her Sunday School as well as in her neighborhood.
Mom loved to make her yard beautiful and loved flowers, especially roses. Smiling, with a twinkle in her eye, she always credited her early rising and yard work with keeping her alive and healthy for so long.  Her formula for long life also included "..a box of chocolates a week and sometimes two"! Her sense of humor was with her until the very end. In her last days when asked if there was anything we could do for her, the reply was most likely to be "COFFEE".
Mona is survived by her five children; Sharon Dave, Don Mary, Pam Al, Steve Virginia, Mark Bev, twelve grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Glen, her husband of 58 years. She will be greatly missed. However, the memories she helped us build, the wisdom she shared, and the example she showed for living a fulfilling life will keep her memory alive in our hearts until we meet again in heaven.

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  • Mona was a great friend and valuable helper in our business in Richland. She was always pleasant and courteous with the customers. I consider myself fortunate to have known her all these years. I offer my sincere sympathy to the family.

    Ray Harrison
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • I think your Mom was the last of the old group from the church. I know you will miss her.

    Betty Sue Curd Miller
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR
  • Dear Mark,

    Sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Randy & I lost our Mom about a year ago now, and even though the loss seems right and proper. . .it’s still an unsettling event in all our lives. Take care old friend,

    David Taylor
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, USA
  • My prayers are with the family.

    God be with you all in your time of sorrow. I will always cherish the memories

    Bob Trethewey
    November 4, 2014
    KENNEWICK, WA, United, States
  • Mona was a great friend and valuable helper in our business in Richland. She was always pleasant and courteous with the customers. I consider myself fortunate to have known her all these years. I offer my sincere sympathy to the family.

    Ray Harrison
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • I think your Mom was the last of the old group from the church. I know you will miss her.

    Betty Sue Curd Miller
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR
  • Dear Mark,

    Sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. Randy & I lost our Mom about a year ago now, and even though the loss seems right and proper. . .it’s still an unsettling event in all our lives. Take care old friend,

    David Taylor
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, USA
  • My prayers are with the family.

    God be with you all in your time of sorrow. I will always cherish the memories

    Bob Trethewey
    November 4, 2014
    KENNEWICK, WA, United, States
  • Whenever I think or FBC, Mrs Panther never Mona is one of the few I remember with fondness. Occasionally there were stern looks Don usually got us in trouble, but mostly a smile and a hug was always available. She was a fine person and will be missed by alot of us “kids”!!

    Lane Merryman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • Thank you for being a strong & beautiful influence in my life. Your love of family,flowers & a good joke made you magnetic for me. Whenever I felt low, I only had to look across our street to see you happily pulling every weed that dare poke its head. I will miss your infectious laugh that could be heard throughout the neighborhood all summer long! Thanks for setting an excellent example for the way a family should be, the way a perfect garden could be, and that when I get up to your age- it’s my way or the highway! Heaven will be even more glorious with you there!!

    With Love & Adoration,

    Your neighbor,

    Brenda Tagestad

    Brenda Tagestad
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. They all have been a part of my life. Mrs. Panther was a precious part of my memories at FBC. Rest in peace and we’ll see you in Heaven. A race well done.

    Rick Herrington
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, USA
  • Mrs. Panther had a very positive influence on a great many young people growing up in FBC. She was insightful, caring and humorous. I personally feel grateful to have known her. My sincere condolences to her loving family.

    L. Diane Emmons
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA
  • I first met Mona when I was fourteen years old. Mona was a real influence on my life. She loved God, Glenn, her family, and her church family. She was a real encourager to me when I had an accident. I loved her sense of humor. Each of her children and grandchildren reflect her and Glenn’s life values. I look forward to seeing her in Heaven!

    Velma McCord Jarrett
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA
  • Condolences to you all! So sorry I cannot make it to the services. We have a brand new grandbaby our first newborn grandchild, so we are getting to spend a few days with her. Just read the obituary one of you kids wrote for her. Spot on! What I remember most about my sweet Aunt Mona was her steadfast faith, her love of family–meaning ALL of the family, and her wonderful sense of humor. Being her niece was an honor. You’re right, she will be missed by many! Bev

    Bev Panther Sevick
    November 4, 2014
    Seneca, SC
  • In remembrance to a special lady. I lived as a child next door to the Panthers Mrs Panther ” Mona”, I never called her Mona only Mrs Panther. She is responsible for me being a Christian as she encouraged me in attending Sunday School and also for my love for yard work. Mrs Panther would be out in her yard in the early mornings and I would go out and talk with her & she would explain what she was doing & why. To this day when I’m doing yard work I think of the things that she taught me. She was there when I got married, had my first child, now she has gone home to the Lord. I hope that I’m able to make a impact on someones life as she had done for me. God Bless Mrs Panther’Mona”. Maybe God will have some flowers in heaven for her to take care of. For her family I send my love & prayers for you with your loss. Love Darlene

    Darlene Dunning
    November 4, 2014
    Gresham, OR, USA
  • From our entire family to yours, we offer our condolences and prayers to help with healing your heart.

    Manuel Guzman
    November 4, 2014
    Mabton, WA, USA
  • I`m quite certain that several of you kids remember me from Chief Jo I have fond memories of you.

    I knew her because I would stop and visit when she was tending her garden.

    She was always so friendly and nice to talk with. I`m glad that she was able to have such a long life.

    Ken D Russell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA
  • To Steve Panther and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I recently lost an older brother, and my wife nearly two years. My thoughts are with you.

    Don

    Don Goulet
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA
  • I would have enjoyed meeting you. Michelle shared many stories with us about you. We even googled your home, I got to see where you lived and your beautiful flowers. I will see you in heaven.

    Laura Snyder
    November 4, 2014
    CA
  • Dear Mark and Family: I so enjoyed talking to Mona when she worked at New City Cleaners. I worked for the City of Richland and knew Mark when he was a Captain with the Richland PD. Mona was a hoot. She loved to talked about her children and gardening. I loved to walk up on the dike and admire her garden. It was always beautiful. Later, I would see her at Spudnut after she got her hair done. The times I saw her, she was with her grandson. What a wonderful woman she was. I will miss her. Please accept my condolences. Thanks for the good memories, Mona.

    Judy Sall
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, USA