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GLENNA LOYDENE JOHNSON Obituary
Johnson, Glenna Loydene, 84, passed away in her sleep on February 15, 2014 after a long illness. She was born on September 12, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. She graduated from Dye High School in 1947. While at Dye, she was very active in the drama department participating in many of its productions and was a participant in the school's newspaper.

She married Ray Foster, Jr. in 1948 and had their first child Christina Eilene in 1949. They moved to Hawthorne, California in 1951 after the birth of their son Michael Ray.

Glenna was very active in Girl Scouts of America during the 1950s. She received an award for her scouting work in the Hawthorne/South Bay area and was the first manager of the Girl Scouts department at The May Company in Redondo Beach, California. Glenna was an excellent softball player as she was a catcher with a strong arm and could block the plate like a pro! She was very active in her sons' Little League and held a secretarial position. In her home, she hosted the Little League exchange program for the participants from Parral, Mexico. Glenna enjoyed bowling and was on several championship teams in the South Bay area. She worked at Northrop Corporation fabricating wire harnesses for the F-5 and T-38 fighter jets. In 1960, her third child was born, James Keith. Later in 1967, her fourth child was born, Janice Kathryn. In 1968, Glenna's family moved to Torrance, California and lived there for eight years.

In 1976, Glenna's family moved to Mission Viejo, California. In 1979, Ray and Glenna divorced. While working part-time as a governess with a young child still at home, she decided to attend college at the age of 50 to earn her degree in Journalism. During her days in college, Glenna became part of the speech and debate team placing first for her "Golda Meir" Persuasion speech. She graduated from Saddleback College in 1982 and began working as a freelance, writer for various magazines and newspapers including The Los Angeles Times, Orange County edition. She also worked on several campaigns for various political candidates and was offered many speaking engagements. In 1983 she began working as an editor and writer for an up-and-coming magazine in the South Orange County area. In 1985, Glenna began working at the Saddleback Board of Realtors (now Orange County Association of Realtors) as the editor of the Board's newsletter and spoke at various events sponsored by the board. Glenna retired in 1994. In 2012, Glenna suffered a heart-attack and stroke; however, two-years later, she succumbed to its complications.

Glenna's humor and laughter warmed people's hearts and was loved by many. She always had a quick-witted and humorous response to a question or a problem. Two of her favorite movies were "Meet Me In St. Louis" with Judy Garland and "A Fish Called Wanda." She loved watching "The McLaughlin Group" as she enjoyed the reporters' banter and how they argued their positions. She worked very hard through out her life; however, jokingly claimed to hating housework. She is survived by her brother, James Johnson and sister, Janice Smith; her children, Christina and husband George, Michael and wife Donna, James and wife Dana, Janice and husband James; grandchildren, Mark and wife Karly, Elizabeth and husband Kris, Sara and husband David, Samantha, Matthew, Jamie and Kelly; great-Grandchildren, Molly, Griffin, Eleanor, Lauren, Jack, Luke, and Robinson. Services will be held March 30th at 1 p.m. at Norman P. Murray Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the .


Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 23, 2014
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