On behalf of everyone at SSiW, I would like to extend deepest condolences to @JohnYoung and his family following the loss of his wonderful wife Glenda who passed away early on Saturday morning, the 16th of January.
It’s difficult to describe Glenda, without sounding as if one’s rather overdoing it. But she really was a remarkable woman.
I first met Glenda properly, when she and John came to house and dog sit for Aran and myself, in November of 2019. I couldn’t help thinking at the time what a huge favour they were both doing us - not having to put Ceiri the dog in kennels for a fortnight was such a weight off my mind.
But I’ve never seen anyone so grateful as Glenda, to be stuck in a small cottage, out in the sticks in Snowdonia, in the middle of winter, with an over zealous dog and a temperamental heating system - she wasn’t just over the moon to be here, she was also over the moon to be doing something to help.
That’s what Glenda did. She took pride in giving. She found joy in helping making others’ lives easier. In making people laugh. In brightening your day in any way she could. She remains one of the most unselfish, most generous, warmest and funniest people I’ve ever met.
When we returned home from our time away, Glenda and John had cleaned our house from top to bottom, washed all the bed linen and made a huge vat of home made soup, so that we’d have a healthy hot meal after a long journey.
Glenda was also artistically talented. She was an amazing cook and baker and an exceptional flower arranger, creating stunning wedding bouquets and table and church arrangements for so many happy couples. She also had an irresistible sense of humour.
But above all she was the love of John’s life, a devoted mother to Jerri and doting grandmother to Betsy and Mary.
I told John last week, that I’ve rarely seen couples as happy and loving as he and Glenda - the strength of their bond and devotion to each other was and forever will be, undeniable.
John, we’re sending you love and strength as you navigate this new path in your life. We hope that all those wonderful memories you have of Glenda will be of comfort to you, now and forever.