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Mrs Glenna Violette

Mrs Glenna Violette

Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA
Death 6 Mar 2016 (aged 93–94)
Corte Madera, Marin County, California, USA
Burial Novato, Marin County, California, USA
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Glenna Violette
1922 - 2016
Resident of Corte Madera

Glenna Violette, aged 94, died in Corte Madera, CA on Sun., March 6, 2016.

Born in 1922 in Pendleton OR, Glenna was strong and full of moxie from the beginning. After the early death of her mother, Glenna carried on as a fierce older sister, ensuring the care of her siblings. In high school, Glenna moved to Independence, OR where she met her future husband Joe. They had been married for 66 years at the time of her death.

Glenna decided that farm work and rural tradition were not for her at an early age and proclaimed her career ambitions to be a school teacher when she was in the first grade. She pursued these ambitions at the Oregon College of Education. She completed her master's degree at Stanford University and was certified not only in every teaching role, but also as an administrator. The bulk of her teaching career was spent at Menlo-Atherton High school. She also taught at a Junior college for several years in Tokyo, Japan and was a substitute teacher after her retirement and until age 80 for the Palo Alto public schools at which time she led to battle for and won a significant pay raise for all substitutes working in the district.

Glenna combined her dedication to education with her passion for world travel. Her popularity with peers and students for
her enthusiastic sharing of other cultures, accented by sharing exotic goods from her travels, ensured lesson plans were always creative. Many of her former students stayed in touch throughout her life.

In addition to travel and teaching, Glenna volunteered in her community for the Palo Alto Neighborhood Disaster Activity (PANDA) program, the Palo Alto Citizens Police Academy, the Crescent Park Homeowners Association and was president of the Stanford Club of Palo Alto and the California Teachers Association. She hosted Stanford exchange students and waged political battles, but most importantly she was a spunky, inspiring, and benevolent wife, mother and grandmother. She left no unchecked boxes on her life's list.

She worked very hard all her life and made a difference in the lives of many. She will be missed.

Glenna was preceded in death by her sister Marjorie. She is survived by her loving husband Joe; three daughters Katherine Lovelace, Charmene McClarren, and Corinne Grant; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Glenna's life will take place Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto. Interment will be private.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 1, 2016.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mrs Glenna Violette (1922–6 Mar 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184668807, citing Valley Memorial Park, Novato, Marin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Mark Utley (contributor 47178748) .