Age 63, died at home in Houghton Lake on August 15, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was born in Wyandotte, MI, the daughter of Ballard and Fonnie McGuire who preceded her in death, as did her brother Jim. Glenda married Nelson D. Stearns, who was her loving husband of 30 years before preceding her in death in 1997. Glenda leaves three children, son Nelson (Trisha Whelpley) of Houghton Lake, MI, son Dean (Lodi Valles) of Holt, MI, and daughter Terrie Stearns-Johnson (Loni) of Big Rapids, MI. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Glenda made friends easily and cared for many in countless ways. Of all her accomplishments, Glenda’s greatest achievements came through her influence in the lives of her family and friends. She had a unique gift to recognize and appreciate the talents in others and to make them feel loved and lifted by her presence.
Glenda is also survived by her special friend of 7 years, Jim Turpin and siblings Wayne McGuire, Theresa Turner, Gary McGuire, and Dianna Blevins. Glenda’s grandchildren are Aaron, Landon, Dean, and Zoey Stearns, Maiya, Rivver, and Maize Mae Johnson. Glenda also leaves behind stepgrandchildren Brittany Farson, Kayla Valles, Kaylyn Geyer and adopted daughters Joan Simmons and Angela Cunningham, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Glenda’s life will be held on Monday, August 19, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, 2121 N. Cedar Street, Holt, MI. Inurnment will take place in Holt at Maple Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to Hospice of Michigan or Make-A-Wish Foundation would be an appreciated way to honor Glenda.