Glenna Wade Siebenhausen, loving and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
She was born July 18, 1934, to Annie Mae Combs and Garnett N. Wade of the pioneer Wade family in Quinlan, Texas, her great-grandfather being Henry W. Wade, a representative at the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1875. Her maternal grandfather, Rev. P.C. Combs, was a respected N.E. Texas Methodist minister of Cooper, Texas.
Glenna graduated from Quinlan High School where she was valedictorian of her class and played basketball. She attended East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce, obtaining bachelor and master's degrees in home economics and education, respectively.
Glenna taught in elementary schools in Wolfe City and Quitman before moving to Commerce where she completed an elementary school teaching career of more than 30 years. She dearly loved children and they respected and adored her. She was affectionately known as "Miz Wilson" by her students and "GG" by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Glenna loved her "Grub Club" dinners and its members who were her second family and special friends for more than 40 years.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Commerce for more than 40 years and was always devoted to helping others. She worked on various committees, cooked "Casseroles for Christ" for Meals on Wheels, and was a member of the Church's Foundation Board. Glenna exemplified the meaning of the Bible's "fruit of the spirit", i.e. love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. She advised, "If you read one Proverb from the Bible every day, you will know how to be a good Christian." She was a lady of grace and beauty in every way.
Glenna enjoyed traveling with her husband, was a wonderful cook, loved to decorate her home for every season, and collect Flo-Blue china and Santa Clauses. She cross-stitched and needlepointed beautiful pictures, pillows and Christmas stockings for her home and grandchildren.
Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, Garnett N. and Annie Mae Wade, and her brother, Allen Earle Wade.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Christian H. "Steve" Siebenhausen Jr., of Commerce, Texas; her daughter and husband, Charlotte and Joe Sheets of Berryville, Ark.; her son, Wade Wilson and Sherry Gehrking of Coppell, Texas; her son and wife, David and Karen Wilson of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas; her cousin, Hobart Wade Lytal and wife Peggy of Irving, Texas; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Steve's daughter, Karen Siebenhausen of Dallas, Texas; sons Chris and wife Pamela Siebenhausen and Locke Siebenhausen of Greenville, Texas, and Locke's wife Nicole of Katy, Texas; Steve's 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughtful acts of kindness to Glenna and family during Glenna's long illness. They are grateful for the care received from Dr. Richard Selvaggi of Commerce, Dr. Paul Neubach of Dallas, Briarcliff Health Center in Greenville, Helen Brown, Misty Torres and the other wonderful persons who cared for Glenna while she was ill.
Visitation will be prior to the funeral service Saturday, Sept. 3, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1709 Hwy. 50 in Commerce. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. and will be under the direction of Coker-Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Mike House and Rev. Brian Dierolf will officiate.
Pallbearers are David Beisner, Michael Breed, Defonza McIlwain, Chris Siebenhausen, Christian Sienbenhausen, James Siebenhausen, Locke Siebenhausen and Joshua Wilson.
Following the funeral service, Glenna will be laid to rest in a private, family only service at the Wade Cemetery in Quinlan, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenna Wade Siebenhausen Scholarship Endowment at TAMUC Foundation, P.O. Box 3425, Commerce, Texas 75428-3425 or the First United Methodist Church, 1709 Hwy. 50, Commerce, Texas 75428.
Published on September 1, 2016