Patty Glenn (1938-2021)

 Patty Lou Glenn, age 82, of Albia, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Iowa City.    

    Patty was born on Sept. 29, 1938, to Glen and Opal (Stout) Bequeaith in Oskaloosa. She grew up and attended school in Oskaloosa and later in Albia, graduating from Albia High School with the class of 1956.  Following high school, Patty served her country in the United States Marine Corps. On Dec. 21, 1959, she was united in marriage to Richard Glenn in Albia and to this union three children were born, Edward, Pamela, and Clu.

    Patty was a homemaker when her children were little.  She later visited local homes providing them with information regarding nutrition. She was a waitress at many local restaurants and cafes before owning and operating her own restaurant. Patty was a seamstress for DeLongs for several years. She also helped clean homes and take care of the elderly.    

    Patty was a member of the American Legion where she helped with the Stag suppers for many years and also loved going to the legion for coffee and to visit with friends. She was an excellent cook, known for her homemade noodles, and enjoyed reading. Patty was a talented seamstress who loved to sew and hem items for others.

    Patty is survived by two sons, Edward R. (Carol) Glenn and Clu (Debbie) Glenn; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth (Jim) Turner; three brothers, Dan (Sue) Bequeaith, Bob (Judy) Bequeaith, and Raymond (Sheryl) Bequeaith; two brothers-in-law, Wayne (Linda) Glenn and Ed (Wilma Kellogg) Glenn; and a son-in-law, Bob Ulrigg. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Glenn; a daughter, Pamela Mae Glenn-Ulrigg; her parents, Glen and Opal Bequeaith; and a brother, Ted Bequeaith.

    Visitation was held from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Patty’s family present from 5 to 8 p.m., to greet family and friends.

    Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with Pastor Roger Henry officiating and military honors provided by the American Legion of Albia, Melrose and Lovilia. Burial followed services at Pleasant Divide Cemetery in Monroe County. Due to the most recent proclamation and enhanced public health measures for the state of Iowa, masks were mandatory for those in attendance over the age of 2 for both visitation and the funeral service. The service was livestreamed on the Tharp Funeral Home Facebook page.

    Memorials have been established to Fresenius Kidney Care in Ottumwa, the American Legion in Albia, and the Welcome Home Soldier Memorial in Albia.

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