Glenda Kay Stearns

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.

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Angela Cunningham
August 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Love You Miss You

Amanda Fleckenstein
August 16, 2013 at 6:51 pm

In a perfect world,
death would never be.
Love would be forever,
and last eternally.
In a perfect world,
you’d still be by our side,
lighting up our happy lives.
You never would have died.
In a perfect world,
sadness would not be found.
Love and life, and happiness
forever would abound.
Perhaps that perfect world
awaits us when we die.
A world where eternal bliss
is found in heaven’s sky.

There is no question that Glenda will be missed by her family…and also by the endless number of stragglers (like me) that she picked up throughout her journey. But I am grateful to know that she has joined the team to watch over us all. I feel safer, and more at peace believing in that.

Shannon OBryan
August 18, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I will always be in awe of, and inspired by Glenda’s fiery, larger than life spirit ! She will be missed dearly. With deepest sympathies,
Shannon OBryan and family

Susan Ryan
August 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I met Glenda many decades ago. She was very personable, warm and loving. I’ll always have memories shared with Glenda and she will be greatly missed.

Mary O"Bryan
August 18, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I have been blessed in so many ways by the mere fact Glenda came into my life when I married here cousin Douglas O’Bryan. We became fast friends and remained family ever since’ She was one truely beautiful person. She handled the ups and downs of life with kindness, love and true caring. I watched her has she gathered innner strenght to say farewell to her beloved husband and again as she lost her mother. Glenda was special!
Like an unsung hero she came to help make the last days of her cousin Doug one filled with LOVE and endless devotion. I will miss her and her wonderful heartfelt laugh. I will miss her saying “Darlin your always welcome here. She was part of my family and will always hold a special spot in my heart. Forever I will cherish the memories she made possible. I wasn’t ready to say a last good bye but I guess a greater power has other plans for one of his greatest angles. Remember us Glenda, because you will always be unforgetfull to many of us left to hang onto to our memories. I love you truly. Your cousin MARY O’Bryan

August 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm

our Deepest Sympthy for Glenda family. did not know till after the services. Clarence, Roy, Lawrence, and Frank


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