Glenna Dean Havill, age 92, passed away after a valiant battle with internal melanoma cancer on June 17, 2022 at Parkside Manor Assisted Living in Roosevelt, Utah. She joined her loving husband, John, to celebrate their wedding anniversary together on June 18.
Glenna was born on November 22,1929 in Colbert, Oklahoma to William Pete and Frances Pearl (Byers) Hale and was the firstborn of eleven children. She graduated from Achille High School, Achille, Oklahoma in 1948 and soon after boarded a bus to Galveston, Texas to live with her aunt. There she met the love of her life, John and they were married on June 18, 1950. Glenna and John resided on the Gulf Coast until 1985 when they retired and moved to Denison, Texas. In 2011, she and John moved to Roosevelt, Utah to be near their daughter, Karon and family. John passed away on November 14, 2013.
Glenna was first and foremost a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She loved having a beautiful, well kept home and was an excellent seamstress and cook with southern cooking and homemade pies being her signature dishes. When Karon joined Girl Scouts in grade school, Glenna became a volunteer as troop leader for 6 years, cookie chairman, day camp director, neighborhood chairman, and district chairman for the Southeast Texas Girl Scout Council. She later worked in retail and medical billing for a hospital and medical clinic in Galveston. After retirement, she and John enjoyed going to dinner (catfish) and playing cards with friends on Friday nights and traveling to Utah to visit her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
Glenna was easy to love and had many friends through the years. She was a great listener and was genuinely loving and concerned about her friends and family. Glenna and John moved to Roosevelt where they enjoyed spending time with family. It was a blessing to have them near and enjoy family time laughing and hearing family stories. John passed away on November 14, 2013. Mom resided in their home until last year when she moved to her final home at Parkside Manor for a year and made wonderful friends with the staff and other residents there.
Glenna is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karon and Jim Simonton, grandsons, Scott and Jason Simonton (wife Nikki), five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her sisters, Barbara Robbins, Bettty Sherwood, Anna Faye Dyson, Abby Lang, Linda Carter, Terry Hale Roberts Ruggle, Connie Bertram, Vicki Bellion, and Charlotte Price and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, parents William Pete and Frances Hale, and brother Tommy Hale.
The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. John Wells, Tammy Kelly and the Parkside Manor staff, Canyon Home Health and Canyon Hospice for your kindness, compassion and professionalism in the care of our mom and grandma.
Graveside services for Glenna will be conducted at the Roosevelt Memorial Park on Thursday, June 23 at 11:00 am. Friends and family are welcome.