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Ruth Ellen Glendinning

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Ruth Ellen Glendinning

Ruth Ellen Glendinning of Southport, Connecticut passed away March 12, 2014 with family and her caregiver present. She was known as “Mrs. G” to communities she made a difference to, “Mama G” to the many who she helped into school and on their life paths and “Nana or Grandma by the Sea” to her grandchildren. Concern, commitment, action and love describe her life.
The beloved daughter of the late Henry and Vey W. Langmack, Ruth was born December 9, 1924 in Santa Barbara, California, where she graduated Valedictorian from high school and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for which she played tennis.
In 1945, Ruth married Ralph O. Glendinning at Santa Barbara. They moved to Princeton, New Jersey where their first child was born in 1946. Their other two children were born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Ruth attended the University of Cincinnati. In 1960 the family moved to Westport, Connecticut where she continued graduate Psychology studies at Fairfield University and became active in civic organizations while raising her children. Ruth moved to Southport in 1977.
A giving and loving person, Ruth taught others to be understanding, compassionate and empathetic. She championed those with disabilities and she worked at saving animals and the environment. With tremendous imagination, she colored outside the lines throughout life. Ruth helped solve community and business problems with intelligence and that unusual creativity. She did so with a feistiness and stubborn determination, which recognized no barriers. Everyday she brought a wry, naïve humor and upbeat gaiety to all she met. Laughter flowed daily. Her inquisitiveness questioned the world, bringing forth unique and informative perspectives.
A promoter of learning for all, Ruth served on the Westport Scholarship Committee for 2 decades helping many to find a path to higher education. She was a scout leader in Westport and earlier for institutionalized children in Ohio. In the early 1960s she helped grow the Nature Center (now Earthplace) in Westport, served on the board, as Vice President and continued as a consulting Trustee to her death. Ruth helped the Aspetuck Land Trust get off the ground. She was an avid member of the Greens Farms Garden Club. Earlier she was an active member of the Westport Woman's Club and Saugatuck Congregational Church. She traveled the world, including Holy Land trips with First Church Congregational of Fairfield. She passionately played tennis until her eyesight failed in 1977. She then became a skilled photographer, able to see with a camera.
Ruth is survived by her three children: Randall C. Glendinning of Redding, CT; Scott R. Glendinning of Santa Fe, NM; Janet A. Jackson of Boulder, CO. She is also survived by her 9 grandchildren: Jeffrey C. Jackson; Amanda C. Glendinning; Brett R. Jackson; Jonathan S. H. Glendinning; Allison J. Jackson; Mackenzie M. Glendinning; Jacqueline Ruthellen Glendinning; Phoenix R. Glendinning; Ginger L. Glendinning. Also surviving her are Ruth's sister, Beverly Coakley and Ruth's ex-husband, Ralph Glendinning. Her daughter-in-law, Susan P. Glendinning, and granddaughter-in-law, Alessandra D. Jackson survive her. She is remembered by 15 surviving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and by her older brother, Jack Langmack, youngest sister, Kathryn Greene and niece, Beverly Greene.
A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 AM Saturday May 17 at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. An interment Service will be later in Cypress, California.
Help – everyday - with understanding, the disadvantaged, those in need or animals and the environment in memory of Ruth.
Published in The Hour on Apr. 10, 2014
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