Obituary of Glenda Smith
September 18, 2018
Glenda is predeceased by her husband Bill Smith. She is survived by her daughters, Debra (Rob) Klatt & Robin (Efrain) Gonzalez; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews & dear friends.
Glenda's life story will be shared during her visitation at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between 390 & Long Pond Rd.), Thursday, October 4th, 12-2 PM, immediately followed by her Celebration of Life Service, 2 PM at the funeral home. Her burial in Forest Cemetery in St. Regis Falls, NY will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 in her memory.
Glenda was born in 1929, on a farm in Kingwood, West Virginia. She was the youngest of 14 children. In the early morning hours, she milked the cows before catching the bus for school. It was a one room school house with all 12 grades and a pot-belly stove in the back. Glenda always thought the other kids were luckier than her because they had the store bought bread and hers was homemade. She enjoyed playing the trombone during her high school years.
When Glenda graduated she went with her sister & brother- in- law to work different jobs in Niagara Falls, NY. She eventually went to Roberts Weslyn College in Rochester, NY for two years.
While on a double date, she met her future husband, William Smith. He had just gotten out of the Navy and was working at Kodak as a machinist. Bill and Glenda were married for 26 years before Bill lost his life to cancer in 1982 at the age of 54.
Glenda spent her time as a stay at home mom, volunteering with the PTA, tutoring kids in math at school #7 or bowling at terrace gardens. She loved watching the Golden Girls and Fox News or listening to Elvis, gospel and country.
Glenda went to work at JC Penney’s for 20 years, winning the prestigious JC Penney Award for Excellence in Sales. She probably could’ve sold ice to an eskimo! She made many friends wherever she went with her happy, social, generous personality. She eventually retired and lived with her daughter and son -in-law, Robin & Efrain Gonzalez for 5 years. She spent her finals days in a nursing home always happy to see family and friends. Glenda was blessed to have known her 4 grand-children and 6 great-grand-children and will be deeply missed.