May 12, 1925 - August 21, 2013
Resident of Santa Cruz
With her daughter and son at her side, Glenna Roukes passed away from natural causes at Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care Facility - where she had many friends.
Glenna was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, and moved as a young girl with her family to California, where she graduated from Sequoia Union High School in Redwood City. Later, she studied journalism at the University of Utah and at San Jose State University.
In the 1950's she became the beloved mother of three children, Kathleen Ann, Michael Lee, and Diane Gail.
In the early 1960's she worked as a journalist - as a stringer for the Copley News Service, and as a writer for The News, an English-language paper of Mexico City during her family's residence there in 1963. In the late 1960's she became manager and co-owner of a classical FM radio station in Calgary, Alberta, where she interviewed many prominent figures in the music world.
She was subsequently engaged in university and college public relations and development, both in Canada and the U.S. Her last formal employment was as assistant to the director of UCSC's fund development office.
After her official retirement in 1990, she launched into a second career - of teaching English abroad, which also gave her the opportunity to share her faith and inspire others. Her teaching included terms in the Philippines, Thailand, Romania, and multiple teaching engagements within China, over eight years.
Glenna finally settled down in Santa Cruz again in her mid-80's after her final teaching engagement in China. She became actively involved in her church's mission outreach and with International Students Inc., which assists foreign students at UCSC. She sponsored families to emigrate to the U.S. from Laos and Viet Nam, and supported two women from Romania to study in the U.S.
Among Glenna's passions were gardening and music.
She is survived by two children, Kathleen Sandman (Mark) and Michael Roukes (Anna Gay Del Vescovo), seven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Naomi, her older sister, Kathryn, and her youngest daughter Diane Gail.
A memorial service for Glenna will be held on Saturday, 21 September 2013 at 11am, at High Street Church, 850 High Street, Santa Cruz. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Hospice of Santa Cruz County would be welcome.
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sept. 1, 2013