Glenna Fae Lemons (Lewallen), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother was born on June 9, 1940, and was received into the arms of our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Glenna was the only daughter of Eva McGee and Albert Lewallen. She was preceded in death by both her parents, and half-siblings Rosemary Davis and William (Bill) Davis. She is survived by a half-sibling Patrick Kizer, beloved husband Garrold Lemons, daughter Shelly Rothermel, (Randy); son Gregory Lemons, (Julie); son Dennis Lemons, (Denise); son Tim Lemons, and son Keith Lemons, (Shannon). Glenna is loved and survived by nine grandchildren: Josiah, Joash, Jairus, Johanna, Shawn, and Dillon Rothermel, Tyler Lemons, Dalton Lemons, and Audrianna Lemons. She is survived by eight great-grandchildren and deeply loved each and every one of her family.
Glenna was very artistic from an early age. Due to the demands of a growing family, she was unable to pursue an artist’s life. Some of her creative outlets were upholstered and finished furniture, homemade clothing, and costumes for all her children, hand-blown glassware, refinishing bisque and porcelain dolls and dealing in antiques.
Glenna was young when she had her first child, but she wanted to make sure that her children had what she never had: a home with two parents, a high school education and parental support. While her husband was in military duty for up to 18 months at a time, Glenna worked full time and raised five children alone. She made sure her children had extracurricular activities in addition to schooling. She encouraged her children to continue learning including college. She was finally able to attend college herself, the same semester as her youngest son, Keith.
Going home to visit mom was always an experience. Her first action was always a hug and then, “Do you want a sandwich?” If your response was no, this question would then be repeated a minimum of six times during the visit and then again before you left.
Mom supervised many transcontinental moves as Dad was transferred to different ports. Ports included Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif.; Gulfport, Miss. with Port Hueneme, Calif., being the last destination. There was also about a year in Illinois when Dad left the military, but then he reenlisted.
Mom and Dad were able to travel before her illness. They traveled all over the world for the airline price of $8.50 each. This was the cost of a box lunch. At this time, retired military could hitch a ride anywhere in the world if there was space available for the price of a lunch. They even had one trip where there was a casket in the middle of the aisle for the whole flight. It was a hero flight, a flight bringing home the body of a fallen soldier. They saw Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Hawaii, the Azores Islands of Portugal, and New York. They flew on C141 heavy transports, KC10 tankers, C17A, and the C5A Galaxy; the military’s biggest plane.
Mom’s last destination was Heaven where we could not join her until later. Our flights are scheduled later mom, but until then we miss and love you so much.
Burial was at Atascadero Cemetery, on Monday, May 20, with many of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in attendance.