Lita Pennell

Obituary of Lita Pennell

Lollitta Opal Pennell (Lita), 56 of Ellendale Delaware passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday July 28, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.


Lita was born in Nassawadox Virginia in 1963, to Ray Jessee and Mozella Demaio, but she was raised by her loving parents Joseph and Mozella DeMaio of Georgetown Delaware. Lita married Francis Pennell “Frankie” in 1980, and then later married Charles Timothy Shawver “Tim”, in 2008. Lita held residence in Virginia, West Virginia, and Delaware during her life.


Lita held several jobs in her life but she mostly was a stay at home mom. She babysat for family members for many years as well as worked from home helping her late husband with his construction business. Lita loved spending time with her family. She absolutely adored and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed watching the birds and nature with her morning cup of coffee. She always had bird feeders out in her front yard to watch and feed all year long. She enjoyed some gardening and growing and admiring her beautiful flowers and house plants. She also enjoyed watching her favorite soap operas on T.V. Lita was admired for her kind and giving nature, she just had a huge heart and loved everyone passionately and unconditionally. She also loved God and she liked to talk about her faith with her family members. She was a kind and generous soul. We know she is reunited with her mother and savior now, but she will truly be missed.


Lita was preceded in death by her mother, Mozella DeMaio; her first husband, Frankie Pennell; her late husband, Tim Shawver and her granddaughter Briahna Morgan.


She was survived by her father, Joseph DeMaio; father and mother in law, Charles and Betty Shawver; daughters, Amber Pennell, Ashley Ammermon and Heather Adams (Martin); Siblings, Nancy Griffith (Jamie), Rhonda Taylor (Cecil) and Haskell Jessee (Carol); Grandchildren, Crystal Gluck, Charles Gluck 3rd, Axl Tinkham, Branden Temple, Brooklyn and Blake Hamrick, Declan and Brielle Ammermon, Joshua Adams and numerous beloved in laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Rocky, who was always by her side.


There will be no services held at this time; a celebration of life is to be announced at a later date.


Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation & Funeral Service, 504 Franklin Avenue, Berlin, MD 21811. To send condolences to the family, please visit