Clarice Fern Glenn

03/09/1915 — 06/08/2020

From Richland, WA | Born in Afton, OK

Clarice Fern Glenn

Clarice Fern Glenn went to be with her Heavenly Father on June 8, 2020.  She was born in Afton, OK to Oliver and AdaBell Ager March 9, 1915.

Clarice grew up on a farm, 6½ miles east of Vinita, Oklahoma.  She attended Wayside School through the 8th grade often riding her pony to classes.  During this time, her mother drove her 20 miles for piano lessons in the country. She graduated from Vinita High School in 1933. She continued her education in Marysville, Missouri at the Northwest University and graduated at Tahlequah Oklahoma, where she received her B.S. degree.

Clarice’s first two years of teaching was in a country school called Prairie Chapel, where she had 5th grade through 8th grade classes. She later became a primary teacher at Riverside School in Vinita and later became the principal of that school. From 1949 to 1952 she taught 2nd and 3rd grades in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clarice came to Richland in 1953, teaching 3rd grade at Jefferson & Spaulding and 5th grade at Sacajawea and Lewis & Clark. She retired from teaching in 1978.

She was a member of the Benton Franklin School Retirees Association. She was a volunteer for the food bank, Red Cross, and cancer drive. She helped with Boy Scouts and Blue Birds. Her life of service continued after she retired from teaching.

Clarice was baptized in Vinita, Oklahoma in 1946 at the First Baptist Church. From that time on she has lived close to Jesus. She was a member of the Richland Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for several years and assisted with Bible School.  Her church was an amazing support system and contributed to her longevity.  She sang in the Senior choir and took advantage of Senior outings there as well.

On June 18th, 1954 she married Bruce Glenn. She enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors; enjoyed fishing with her husband; square dancing; sewing, gardening and crafts. Bruce and Clarice traveled to Europe twice; to Egypt and The Holy Land; Hawaii; Australia and New Zealand and spent 15 years as snowbirds in Mesa, Arizona where they enjoyed square dancing, swimming, and sunshine. They also saw much of the United States by motorhome.

Her later years were spent in Richland and the last three years at Brookdale, Richland. She loved people and was enjoying her new friends there.

Clarice is survived by her son Bruce Jr. and his wife Kim; her daughter Dawn Marie and her husband Bob; three grandchildren Chris Glenn (Adelina), Heather Souriyavongsa (Sommok), and Brandon Glenn; and five greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce; her mother and father; four brothers, and one sister.

Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington. A memorial service will be held at a place and date to be announced when the current health situation allows.

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  • I had the pleasure of being one of Clarice’s caregivers at Brookdale last year. She was the sweetest, kindest woman I had the privilege to care for! She was strong and I loved caring for her. Miss her so much. My condolences to her family and friends.

    Elizabeth Balderas-Moore
    June 16, 2020
    Richland, WA
  • I had the pleasure of meeting this uniquely classy and special Woman through her family….who in turn became my family. Clarice treated me like I was one of her own. I can’t recall a time where she didn’t have that beautiful smile of hers on display. She was held in high esteem by her family and all that knew her. Heaven gained a one of a kind Angel.


    Mary Jo Caraway
    June 16, 2020
    Pasco, WA
  • Sending prayers to all your family. I loved Claris so much we had so much fun just chatting

    Connie Cosens
    June 15, 2020
    Brookdale Richland
  • I will miss here so much She was always a ray of sunshine. No matter how band things are. I loved here so much sending prayers to all of your family.

    Connie. Cosens
    June 15, 2020
    Brookdale Richland
  • In my Richland childhood, many people were often transplants from other states. Our extended families were created from our parents’ friends with similar interests. Since both the Glenns and my parents were avid square dancers in Prairie Shufflers, the Glenns became part of our bigger family.
    Whenever I visited Richland, we’d meet up for Saturday breakfast with others from our extended family. Clarice was a kind and gentle woman with a sweet sense of humor. My memory will ever be of her smiling face and a kind word for everyone. I’m sorry to learn I won’t see her this side of heaven again, but she lived her 105 years in the best possible way and was certainly was ready to go home!

    Vicki Owens
    June 15, 2020
    Kampala, Uganda
  • Mrs. Glenn was my 5th grade teacher at Lewis & Clark Elementary School until I moved to Hawaii….I was lucky to receive a letter from Mrs. Glenn’s class that I did not want to leave just months before Summer vacation. She was very nice. Thank-you, Mrs. Glenn for the memories….I still have the article from the Tri-City Herald when you turned 100 and you were still driving…..Rest knowing that you put lots of smiles upon our faces…..Keep Smiling, in Heaven….From a student named Cindy

    Cynthia (Hudson) Waddoups
    June 13, 2020