Yvonne Terhune "Pinky" Pinkerton

September 27, 1928 - December 25, 2020
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Yvonne Terhune Pinkerton (“Pinky”) passed away on December 25th, 2020, at 92, leaving behind a deep commitment to the arts and to community service. Her biggest legacy, though, is the love she left behind in her family and friends. She urges us to pay it forward in her memory. She is survived by four children: Sam Pinkerton (Laura Walker), Pam Saulter (Len), Brent Pinkerton (Stacy), and Scott Pinkerton (Julie); ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Pinky was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 27th, 1928 to Arthur and Myra “Happy” Terhune. She grew up in the Midwest and graduated with a theater degree from Case Western Reserve. She dreamed of acting professionally before she met and married Sam Pinkerton. They moved to Florida in the early ‘60s.

After teaching theater at Winter Park High School in Orlando, Pinky and her husband Sam moved from Orlando to Venice in 1969. She immediately joined Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where she would be a member for over fifty years. Soon after arriving in Venice, she became involved with Venice Theatre in many ways, including as the board president, the founder of the education and outreach department, and as a lifelong theatre guild member.

Venice Theatre was, and would continue to be, one of the places where Pinky felt happiest and most at home. Onstage, backstage, in the parking lot with a bathrobe thrown over her costume, Pinky relished her time there and would always want to linger at the cast meet and greet after each show. She’d pore over the playbills long after she attended the Sunday matinees. Every show she saw there was the best she’d ever seen.

In the 1980’s, she took that love of theater to Venice High School, where she started the theater program and taught drama until 1991.

Pinky’s passion for arts education grew in the 90’s when she returned to Venice Theatre. In 1993, she initiated the Theatre for Young People and Troupe in a Trunk, a volunteer acting group that performed for 10,000 elementary school children every year. Throughout her time as a volunteer, she also started the Theatrefest summer camp program and The Silver Foxes, an adult outreach group.

In 1995, she founded the partnership between Venice Theatre and The Loveland Center. She directed the Loveland Follies, a yearly musical review that supported Loveland students as they gained self- confidence through performing. The Loveland students would become so special to Pinky throughout the years—she would attend rehearsals and every Loveland Follies performance, even after she stepped down as director. Her love of theater and her love of service had merged in a beautiful way—one that was celebrated every time she walked into a Follies rehearsal and the students would greet her by name.

In 2001, she received the American Association of Community Theatre’s “National Spotlight Award” for her contribution to community theater. This highlighted her commitment to enriching the lives of future generations with her love of theater and passion for imagination, self-expression, and joy.

A private family ceremony will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Pinky’s honor to Venice Theatre (https://venicetheatre.org/contribute/) or The Loveland Center (https://donateloveland.org/v2/)

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Born: September 27, 1928
Died: December 25, 2020

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Ann Spindt Henschel posted on 1/10/21

Prayers and blessings to your family as you celebrate Vonnie’s life. She and Sam surely had lots of good times with my parents and other Waupaca friends. Ellen N. let me know of her passing. With love, Ann Spindt Henschel


Ellen Nelson posted on 1/7/21

I am so sorry to learn of Vonnie’s passing. I have so many memories of our families times together. Love to all of you.


Robin Kumm posted on 1/3/21

Dear Scott and Pinkerton Family Many condolences on the loss of your Mom. She was quite a lady and do remember her well as being a champion for the Venice Little Theater. I did not realize that she taught at Venice High....as I graduated there with you.... She will no doubt be the angel of the VLT and all those lives she touched. Her theatrical spirit will live on. Robin Kumm (Fusco)


Shirley Foley Simpson posted on 12/30/20

Off and upwards to that great theatre in the sky where you will be where you always have been: center stage! Pinky is my earliest memory at VLT somehow I wandered in in 1973 and her welcoming was the reason I stayed and have so many happy memories of those early days. I was delighted when they named Stage II for her, a fitting tribute. I was in Waltz of the Toreadors with her and OLIVER was my first big musical. So many lovely, talented people from that time are no longer with us, but their memories, talent, love of life remain. If you go to VLT stage when it's dark and quiet, open your heart and listen closely, you will hear all those voices from those many years ago. R.I.P. dear Pinky, the rest of us will be joining you soon enough, save me a seat in the Green Room.


Virginia Gordon posted on 12/30/20

Scott and the Pinkerton Family Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you bask in the many memories you have with your Mom. She was a very special woman. I can remember her treating us all as her own when we would converge upon your house way back when. Sending thoughts and prayers. Virginia (Maas) Gordon


Peggy & John Heelan posted on 12/29/20

Rest in Peace dearest Pinkey and thank you for always being a wonderful and positive influence in our daughter Jennifer's life. You will forever remain that force for good in our hearts. 💕 ♥️ Peggy & John Heelan


Jennifer (Heelan) Seavey posted on 12/29/20

So many beautiful memories of VHS Drama club and working at Venice Theater summer program. Pinky truly shaped my life and so many others and opened the opportunity for so many kids to experience theater. So blessed to have had her in my life. She was able to come to my bridal shower 16 years ago and I saw her at Venice theater several times after that. We'd send Christmas cards to each other every year to catch up with one another with pictures and stories of our families and her travels. I've missed her cards the past few years. I know she was being cared for and well loved. Praying for comfort for Pinky's family knowing she is home in heaven and smiling upon all who loved her.


Peggy & John Heelan posted on 12/29/20

Rest in Peace dear Pinkey., thank you for your wonderful positive influence you were to my daughter Jennifer and many other Venice students. You will always be in our hearts. 💕


diane greenlee posted on 12/29/20

Pinky Pinkerton was a great friend of my mom, Shirley Gawne, both active with the Venice Theater and Loveland School Follies. I met Pinky on several occasions when the Theater Guild had an event. it is with great sorrow she, too has passed. Mom died on Dec. 16. I'll bet the angels in Heaven are already lined up for their first performance. regards, diane greenlee, lafayette colorado


Fran Brookhart posted on 12/29/20

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Fran Brookhart posted on 12/29/20

So sad to hear of Pinky’s passing. She was a very sweet lady with a great smile and very sweet. I was her housekeeper for only a short time and so glad I got to know her. She will be missed.