‘Penny Powers’ dies at 85

Lillian McConnell, a home economist better known as Penny Powers, died Sept. 13.

McConnell worked at the Country Guide in Winnipeg and CFRN-TV in Edmonton before becoming the original Penny Powers for SaskPower.

As Penny Powers, she played a key role in promoting education, energy conservation and electrification in Saskatchewan’s rural communities. She also wrote and edited numerous cookbooks, pamphlets and articles, including a column in Farm, Light and Power.

Born in Tessier Sask., McConnell taught school before completing a degree in household sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

Several honours

McConnell was involved with the Regina, Saskatchewan and Canadian Home Economics Associations and has been honoured by all three for her contributions.

She was active in the Illuminating Engineering Society of America, the Consumers Association of Canada, the Saskatchewan Women’s Agriculture Network and the RCMP Veterans’ Ladies Auxiliary.

In 2001, she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agri-cultural Hall of Fame.

McConnell was 85 years old.

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