Glenda Lois Willis Garner
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Glenda Lois Willis Garner was born on Feb. 27, 1945 in Clarksville, Ark. Jack won’t hold that against her. She was the fifth born out of seven children. One of the five boys passed at 18 months and the other at age three.
Glenda lived with her family in Texas then they moved to the farm in Missouri at the age of twelve. While her dad was building their brick house, the small shack that they lived in on the property was small and old. At night she could see the stars between the cracks in the roof. Life on a farm is tough, but it taught her the meaning of hard work and it gave her determination.
Growing up, whenever the family was traveling anywhere in the car they always sang. Foy, their father, taught singing schools and so all the kids learned music which was most important in their worship services. Going to Church was a big part of her life. Glenda was eight when she obeyed the gospel and was baptized. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ her entire life.
After graduating high school in Missouri, Glenda went to live with her older brother Jerry in San Antonio, Texas. Her older sister Pat, husband Wendell and their two children, Michel & Rhoda, also lived there. There she started working for HEB, a grocery chain, where she met a tall, good looking guy named Jack. Jack said when he saw her, “that is the girl I’m going to marry”.
For their first date Jack asked her to go to a movie, “I don’t go to movies”. Thinking fast he said, “How about going dancing, “I don’t dance”, thinking faster he said his boss gave him tickets to a football game, she said “OK”. At the game she got a bit sunburned and afterword a bite to eat. Glenda got a migraine so Jack took her home. We don’t know if it was sun or Jack that gave her the migraine but she suffered with them for the next thirty years.
Jack & Glenda dated for about 6 months before he enlisted in the USAF for four years. He was stationed in Biloxi, Miss. for six months. It was during this time that he proposed and she said “YES”. Before his next station in Wichita Falls, Tx. he went home to San Antonio and loaded his car and drove to Mo. where they were married 3 days later on May 24, 1964 in her parents’ home and were married for 56 years.
Glenda’s Bible is well worn, well handled, pages torn, underlined and the back pages are full of handwritten notes. Meaning, she read her Bible and studied it often. She was a Godly woman and a blessing to all. Glenda loved the Lord, her family, her brothers & sisters in Christ. There was not anyone that she didn’t like or speak to. She laughed a lot, loved sewing, arts and crafts and making jewelry. When the Gem & Mineral show came to town, she was a happy person.
Jack is the photographer of the family and taken many pictures over the years, chronicling their lives. This year, 2020, Thanksgiving was smaller than usual and no pictures. Christmas get together was cancelled as Glenda was in the hospital. When her health began to fail she wasn’t able to attend Church services. Jack would bring the Communion home to her. She missed being with the brothers and sister and all aspects of the service. She liked to sing.
Glenda was preceded in death by her parents Foy and Bernice Willis, two baby brothers, older brother Jerry Willis and older sister Patsy Willis Freeman.
Glenda is survived by her husband Jack; two sons, Troy Garner (wife Cristie), and Tony Garner (wife Sonia); six grandchildren, Corey Garner, Page Garner Hendricks (husband Isaac), Logan Bennett, Tehya Garner all of Tucson, AZ, Jasmine French (husband Tracy) of Seattle, WA., and Angeleen Garner of W. Palm Beach, FL.; 2 great grandchildren Arya Bennett of Tucson; 2 brothers: Ron Willis (wife Donna) and Hugh Willis (wife Gloria), both of Texas.
If you look at the cemetery headstones you will read birth and death dates. There is a space or dash between them that represent their life. I have given just a small glimpse of Glenda’s life. Glenda touched each one of us in her special way, so now each of you can fill in that space with your memories of her.