Wimberley Birding Society
Patsy Sue Glenn
September 20, 1937 - August 14, 2007
Patsy Sue Glenn left this earth surrounded by her family at sunrise August 14, 2007, on her journey to heaven. Patsy came to the Wimberley Valley in 1993 finding refuge and healing in the pristine air and cool flowing waters from her multiple chemical sensitivities.
The child of Selma Adam and Thomas Tedford Smith, Patsy was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on September 20th, 1937. She was raised by her mother, a dedicated school teacher and mother. She spent most of her formative years growing up in the small towns of Stuart and Holdenville in the beautiful country of south central Oklahoma where she first cultivated her love of nature. She moved to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1950, graduating from high school in 1955. She attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman where she met her husband of 48 years, David Glenn, prior to completing her degree in Fashion Arts Merchandising in 1959. She received her teaching certificate in California in 1961 working as a grade school teacher prior to the birth of her daughter Diana in 1963 then her son, Michael in 1966. Patsy created a loving home environment for her husband and family through a life's journey which took her to many locations including Houston, Northern and Southern California, Copenhagen, Denmark and New Orleans prior to settling in Wimberley.
She was a teacher, a naturalist and a steward of God's creation. Patsy fostered a love of nature among her children, grandchildren and so many others with her passion for preserving the local environment.
Patsy had a vision to create a nature refuge and bird sanctuary in the heart of Wimberley where children and adults alike could bear witness to the natural beauty of the area and be inspired to respect and love birds, flowers, and other native wonders. She was tireless in her efforts to establish the Refuge located next to the Community Center. She was named the first recipient of the Golden Eagle Award in 2002 by the Wimberley Birding Society. As the prime force in establishing the Refuge, it was recently renamed The Patsy Glenn Refuge in honor of her commitment and dedication.
Patsy showered her family and friends with unconditional love and unwavering support through both storms and fair weather. She was an active member of many Methodist churches during her travels and served in a variety of leadership roles including Lay Leader. Patsy's ability to see talents in others, instill confidence in their abilities, and gently guide their growth was a gift to all that knew her. Through her many acts of service she touched the lives of countless individuals and their families with her warmth, sensitivity, respect for others and quiet, resolute leadership.
Patsy is survived by her husband, David Glenn; half-sister, Anita Pitts; half-brother, Randy Smith; daughter, Diana Glenn-Cuddeback and son-in-law, Samuel Cuddeback; son, Michael Glenn and daughter-in-law, Kelly Maloney Glenn; grandchildren, Leah, Luke and Lillie Cuddeback, and Sarah and Jessica Glenn. Other beloved family includes her sister-in-law, Anna Marjorie Conley, nieces, Paula, Cindy, Lisa and Laurie Conley, nephews, Rick and Rusty Conley, great nieces Kara Conley Taylor, Kacey and Lindsey Conley, great nephew John Conley, Aunt Jesse Adam and Oklahoma relatives and Uncle Ben and Eudell Smith and Aunt Eudeen Smith Holt and the Arkansas relatives.
The family wants to thank the entire team at Hope Hospice of New Braunfels for supporting us in keeping Patsy at home. In a time of sudden change, Hospice's on-call care gave us the knowledge, guidance and confidence to keep Patsy in her place of 'gilded skies and living waters'. The family also wants to thank the Wimberley community and the Wimberley United Methodist Church for providing a bounty of kindness, care and prayerful support.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to help the Refuge flourish in the years to come. Contributions should be made to the: Patsy Glenn Refuge Fund, c/o Wimberley Birding Society, 18 Champion Circle, Wimberley, Texas 78676.
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