Virginia R. Pena, 92
December 17, 1927 – November 14, 2020
Virginia R. Pena passed away peacefully in Harwich on November 14th. She is survived by Jack Pena, her husband of over 70 years, and a large family that includes James, Peter, Roseanna, and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Paul.
Virginia was a lifelong resident of Harwich, where she was a devout member of Holy Trinity Church and active volunteer in many local nonprofit organizations. Virginia’s strong faith, and her love of her family and community, was unwavering throughout her life, as was her passion for education and learning new skills. She earned her teaching certificate after she was married, and she and Jack had started their family.
A renowned folk artist, Virginia’s artistic style evolved throughout her life as she moved between painting furniture, portraits and landscapes. She often painted local landscapes and scenes of her neighborhood from memory, depicting them as they would have been when she was a child.
Virginia also loved to knit and was an avid quilter, hand stitching bits of fabric into usable works of art. Some of her quilts were done in traditional patterns, while others were colorful depictions celebrating her family’s heritage. Virginia often shared her works of art with loved ones, and she taught painting and quilting in Harwich for many years.
Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private, and a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date in spring or summer of 2021 when all family and friends can gather safely to celebrate her life. Those wishing to receive notice of arrangements can email their contact information to email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Virginia’s memory can be made to: The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA 02645, https://www.thefamilypantry.com/