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Coben Elisha Pennock, age 40, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 10, 2017, of natural causes. 

She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 14, 1977.  She graduated from Gull Lake High School in 1995 and spent the last several years in Plainwell where she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and thrift shopping. Coben was an animal-lover and a thoughtful person, always willing to help others and delighted in finding special, unique gifts to give to her loved ones.  

Coben is survived by her daughter Alahna Jean Pennock (Ben Matusiak),  father Steve Smith,  mother and stepfather Laura and Rob Ashley, brother Steve Smith, sisters Noelle (Steve) Brown and Amanda (Chris) Ramirez, and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held in January 2018
.  Information will be posted through Facebook.

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  1. Karl Newhouse on December 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Rest in peace Coben. May God be with the smith/pennock family

  2. Cecilia Falcone on December 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Cece

  3. Diane Peake on December 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I will never forget Coben. She was my gymnastic buddy for many years. We would cartwheel, flip, and tumble all afternoon together. I will always remember the time we played on the MSU farm next door all weekend. We walked the rafters (balance beams) in the hay barn, saw a calf being born, and got chased by a heifer lol. It was so much fun!! Rest in peace, my friend, may you fly the highest flip and stick it.

  4. Jess Lawrence on December 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    A friendship that was meant to be, Coben was a sweetie!! I met her Mom first when I was put on the wrong bus.. and some years later Coben and I became buddies! I loved hanging out at her house because there were always lots of animals to entertain us. I remember someone had a pet rat one time I was there… And of course the cows!! We went trick or treating with a huge group of friends over year, what great memories! That house was always my favorite place to visit… Sending much love to all of you, and feeling your heartbreak. We will always remember that wonderful smile of hers with those amazing dimples!!

  5. Dora Peebles(Beilby) on December 14, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Coben you were such an amazing mother, women, daughter, and friend. I am so glad that I got to spend time with you this summer and have laughs over how Todd burned( charbroiled) our burgers!! I truly will miss you my friend, may you find peace in his arms.

  6. Amber LaCourse on December 14, 2017 at 3:08 am

    You were a light in my life in so many ways. You are family and always will be. A guardian to me and mine… thank you Cobie.

  7. Marci Hoffman on December 14, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I am very sorry for all of your loss. Coben always seem to have a bright light around her. My you cherish the time and memories you shared and find some comfort. Thinking of you all.

  8. Kaitlin kirsch on December 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    There were so many good memories with you coben, but here is one that I know would make you laugh. when me and mikey were at your apartment and it started pouring and you said “don’t tell your mom” and mikey me and alahna went out and rolled and jumped in puddles. Or the time me you julie and alahna were all going to b93 and we stayed at bubbas doing eachothers hair and makeup and just decided to stay up all night and take a walmart trip at like 3am. I also remember when I was a kid you always took us to little fairs and for some reason there was always ponies where we went, I can’t remember a fair that you took us to without ponies. That was just very few memories of the many we have but I will cherish them all, love you-your squishy

  9. Suzanna Falk on December 14, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Praying for your family at this difficult time. Fill you heart with wonderful memories of her.

  10. Kirsten Jackson on December 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The first time I met you, I had my niece with and you were so caring and loving, and you would do anything to help her and my sister out. Hate to see others with such a heartbreak of loosing a family member. Sending my love and prayers

  11. Nancy Brumley on December 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Coben was a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart and I will miss her

  12. Krista Asher on December 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I have great memories of you losing yourself in the water, fishing.

  13. Amanda Waggoner on December 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I remember you riding my cow and flying off, while I was terrified and laughing because I was terrified. The paddle boat in a storm was a good one too.

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