Ethel Emeline McIver Glenn

October 10, 1921 ~ June 21, 2011

"..a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Let her own works praise her in the gates." Proverbs 31: 30b-31

Ethel Emeline McIver Glenn was born October 10, 1921, in South Jacksonville, Florida, and left her earthly home on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, to spend a glorious eternity with her Heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and Bob (Robert Carson Glenn, Sr), her devoted husband for 60 years. She was 89 years old.

She's been a memorable teacher and life-long educator -- receiving many teaching awards. Ethel was a dedicated wife ("til death do us part"), a friend, a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. She also was an avid bridge player; she won "high" the day before the stroke. Her sons Robert and Dale remember hiding under the bridge tables during bridge parties in their Orchid Street house. When caught, they were sent out of the room along with some of the candies from the tables. Ethel will be greatly missed by family and friends and she will continue to be greatly loved.

She was the next to last survivor of her generation in our family. That honor is now held by her sister-in-law, Shirley McIver. She was Aunt Ethel to many nieces and nephews: Patti, daughter of her brother, Joe McIver; Barbara, Shirley, Raymond, Robbie, Billie, and Ronnie, Harry, Joyce Ann who were daughters and spouses, sons and spouses of Bob's brothers and sisters. Ethel was preceded in death by her mother, Leacy Ethel Harris McIver; her father, Joseph Bachman McIver; her brother, Joseph Bachman McIver, Jr.; and her loving husband, Robert "Bob" Carson Glenn, Sr.

Ethel is survived by sons Dr. Robert (Bobby) Carson Glenn, Jr. and his wife Elaine of Lago Vista, Texas, and Dale Joseph (Joe) Glenn of Sacramento, California; by grandsons Dale Christian Glenn of Lake Charles, Roger Christopher Glenn and his wife Karly of Austin, Texas, and Robin Casey Glenn of Round Rock, Texas; and by four great-grandchildren.

Ethel graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in Miami, Florida, and graduated in 3 1/2 years from the University of Miami in 1943. She earned a Masters of Education from McNeese State University in 1963 and a Specialist in Reading. After marrying Robert "Bob" Glenn in 1943, she moved with him to North Charleston, South Carolina and to La Jolla, California where she worked for a period during WWII at Ryan Aircraft in San Diego, California. They moved back to Charleston, SC, where she took an extension course at the Citadel, and eventually they located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1955 just prior to Hurricane Audrey.

Ethel taught every elementary grade during her 40 year span of teaching with tenures in La Jolla, California; in Charleston, South Carolina; and in Lake Charles, Louisiana at Moss Bluff Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Watkins Elementary, and College Oaks where she trained student teachers. Ethel was creative in her teaching as demonstrated by the field trips to Fort Sumter, train rides, and for her family, a vacation in Washington, D.C. Ethel was active in many educational organizations. She was a Life Member of the National Educational Association (NEA); served as District VII representative to the Teacher Retirement Board for 7 years; was a member of the AAUW (American Association of University Women); was president of Delta Kappa Gamma; and president of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Chapter AR. She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Iota; a member of P.E.O. Chapter AD; member of numerous bridge clubs, and P.T.A.s (Parent-Teacher Association). She was a very active member of the Oak Park United Methodist Church which closed in 2010, and later the First United Methodist Church. At Oak Park United Methodist Church she was a past president of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Administrative Board, a member of the church choir, and an honorary Life Member of the W.S.C.S. (Women's Society of Christian Service).

Her family and friends remember her creativity in knitting and cooking; her humor such as, "Young at heart. Slightly older in other places." found on a sign in her kitchen; her sewing and knitting for others; and her generosity in giving to organizations and friends in need. Many people have received blessings from her. Her cooking has been fantastic, and she has coordinated the compilation of many Church Cookbooks. Check DrBob81 on Face Book for some of her recipes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 24, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church. Rev. Weldon Bares and Rev. Roger Templeton will officiate. Burial will be at Highland Memory Garden Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Friday from 12:00 noon until time of services in the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations sent to First United Methodist Church Miracle Fund, 812 Kirkman, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Edward Hebert; the Southern Home Health nursing and physical therapy staff; the Southern Care Hospice staff including Rosalynn Thyssen, Debbie Comeaux, Katie Myers, Marilyn Chambers, Pastor Marvin Durgan, and Chasity Kee; the Home Instead staff especially Kolicia Carr and Hilda Ezell, for their loving kindness.

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  1. Dear Bob, Joe and family. I know how much you loved your mother and how much she will be missed not only by you but by so many people, including me, that loved your mother dearly. She was a joy in my life that I will never forget. I loved doing little things for her and being rewarded with little somethings!! She so enjoyed doing extra for everyone. Our Thursday bridge games won't be the same anymore. But she will always be there in our hearts. I will be out of town and will not be able to attend any of the servies. If i can help you in any way after Sunday, please call me. Love and prayers,Carolyn Gauthreaux

  2. Many things can be said of Mom, she was the ultimate super woman before we knew to brand someone with that label. A college graduate and a full-time working woman before it was fashionable. Along with having a career and involvement with numerous religious and secular organizations, she also was an accomplished sewer, knitter, crocheter, embroiderer and gourmet cook. Looking at Mississippi Mud for the first time, she and Janet said, Its worth the calories. How wickedly true their words were! Her generosity of self I will always be grateful for. During college the weekly Sunday meal with laundry service was the high point of my week. The many unsolicited acts of kindnesses she would perform, such as, clothes she sewed for me and the unbelievable layette she made for her first grandchild, my son Christian, babysitting while Joe and I sent to college, were given so easily but the man hours of work goodness me! Few people had the energy of Mom Glenn; anyway it will be hard to convince me they do. Her imprint on me is deep and profound. Not only did she show me how to discern if sweets were worth the calories she, along with my Mama, by her example showed me how to behave with character and worth. Mom Glenn undertook anything she did with excellence as her mode of operation. Her candid honesty was something I valued even at the same time as it could sting; after all she was tempering my personal growth with her wisdom and sometimes pain gets ones attention. If one is lucky enough, and I was, they are gifted with someone who matters enough to them that their behavior is affected by that persons opinion. Its the wonderful quality that true love has. You want for the best possible reasons that persons high regard. I will miss her voice and her caring about me to my core and will replay many times the last message she left on my answering machine a few weeks before her death. Her voice will console me.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Bob, Elaine, Roger wife, Robin, your family and extended family as you work through your grieving process.God bless you all!We love you!!John Dianne HanekeJulie HanekeLovingly,

  4. They say there is always that ONE teacher who inspires you to rise above yourself. For me, that was 1964 College Oaks Elementary 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Glenn. What an impact she made on my life and I have never forgetten that. What a woman!

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