It is with heavy hearts that the family of Patricia L Glenn share the news of her untimely passing at home in Gilbert, AZ on Thursday, February 9, 2023. She was born December 25, 1948, in Fremont MI to Leopold & Myrna (Branch) Roeske, with the family later relocating to Largo FL.
Her life was largely driven by her love of music, art, language, cuisine, and teaching. Following graduation from Largo High School, Pat enrolled at Presbyterian College (Eckerd University) where she met her first husband. They moved to Atlanta where she briefly sang in a country-folk bar, worked as a bilingual receptionist at the Canadian consulate, and completed her B.A. at Georgia State. She subsequently completed her M.A in Comparative Literature with additional work towards a PhD at Emory University. While at Emory she developed a reputation for her intuitive understanding of modern art and wrote her thesis on the abstract expressionist Arshile Gorky.
She would go on to live a number of years in Germany and France where she taught German to US soldiers stationed overseas and continued raising a family. In 1983, the family returned to Franklin, TN. A trained vocalist and avid lover of choral music, Patricia sang in multiple church choirs concurrently. She became an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, directed the children’s choir, and served on multiple church committees. In her free time could be found deeply engrossed in projects that included gardening, sewing, knitting, renovating the family’s antebellum farmhouse, reading, or exploring exotic new recipes. On more than one occasion, her homemade ice cream racked up multiple awards at the annual church picnic.
Professionally, she taught French at Battleground Academy as well as French, German, and Art History at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She eventually left the classroom to begin a lengthy career as an elite Educational Consultant for Holt, Rinehart & Winston/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a job that allowed her to crisscross the country providing teacher training for foreign languages, language arts, and social studies.
Upon retirement in 2011, Pat once again had the opportunity to pursue her creative side. She not only began to explore new recipes in the kitchen but also rediscovered her passion for the fiber arts. She became a proud and enthusiastic member of Nimble Thimbles Quilt Guild and shared her loved of the craft by conducting many classes for local East Valley fabric stores. When not teaching classes, she would spend hours in her home workshop intently studying and practicing aspects of quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and spinning yarn. Her creations will provide an enduring legacy for her family and friends. Retirement provided additional time for leisure travel to Europe, Hawaii, New York, Washington, DC, and Mexico, as well as to pursue her golf interest with her husband and a close group of local friends.
She is survived by her loving husband, Richard (Rick) Glenn; sons, Hamilton Paine (Julie Schofield) of Washington DC, Patrick Paine (Miriam Kelly) of Brooklyn NY, Jacob Paine of Nashville TN; stepdaughters, Jenny Real (Tracy Real) of Prescott Valley AZ, Megan Glenn of Brooklyn NY; grandchild, Paxton Paine (Hamilton Paine & Julie Schofield); and step-grandchildren, Caeley Jones, Chloe Jones, Jared Jones (Tracy & Jenny Real); sister, Pam Chapin of Largo FL, nephew, Adam Chapin of Largo FL, and namesake, Aunt Patricia Schebor of Chandler AZ.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Heart Association in Pat’s honor.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Pat as follows:
Gilbert Memorial Park, 2100 E Queen Creek Road, Gilbert AZ 85297
Monday, February 20, 2023
Visitation: 10:00am – 11:00am
Memorial Service: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Reception: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
My sincerest condolences. Such a kind soul who left us too soon.
Many prayers and condolences on behalf of the Shields family to your family. Pat was a wonderful friend and will be sorely missed.
Beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend.
My sincere condolences to the family. She was the epitome of grace and kindness. I’ll hold dear all of the memories and fun times that we shared while working together at HMH. Rest peacefully with the angels, my friend.
I always knew Pat was talented with a constant desire to learn, teach and share. Until I read this beautiful tribute to her, I didn’t know how vast her experiences and talents stretched. I am blessed to have known a piece of her, to have laughed with her, even to have suffered the loss of another friend together. The “Golfing Gals” have lost a true friend and Heaven has gained an incredible soul. I will miss you and your beautiful smile.
My deepest condolences to Rick and all of your family. Pat was one of dearest friends and colleagues at Holt. In addition to her abundance of talents, she was a true precessional. There was always an aura of calmness and serenity about Pat, along with her beautiful smile, that could put an individual or a complete room of people at ease. She was such a special person and will be greatly missed.
Pat was so accomplished in everything she did. She was always a joy to work with at HRW/HMH, and I feel privileged to have known her. I send my deepest condolences to Rick and the family. May her memory be a blessing.
Our “Taco Tuesday” group has lost a special friend with Pat’s sudden passing. Pat’s generous spirit, her intellect and creativity were admirable. Randy and I send our deepest condolences to Rick and family. ❤️
We are sending prayers and comforting thoughts to your family as you celebrate Pat’s life
Ian and I send our sincere condolences at the time of this tremendous loss to your family. We were so glad to have met her. As is the testimony above, she led a life very well lived and traveled while touching so many other lives. Our prayers and sympathy to each of you at this difficult time.
Prayers of peace for dear Pat. I enjoyed working with her at HRW-HMH and fun times together on the road. Condolences to Rick and the family.
We will treasure the memory of our meeting!
With much love and prayers
I met Pat briefly when i attended a belated wedding reception at Don Shield’s home for my new wife Susan Dayton and I, and at the time i remember thinking this lady is special, little did i know just how special Pat really was, but she had an aura that shone through,and i thought to myself what a wonderful couple she and Rick made. and so it was with a feeling of total disbelief that Susie and I learned of Pats Passing.and so Susie and i wish to send our heartfelt condolences,to Rick and family.
My deepest sympathies and prayers…🙏🏻
Rick, you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.
We will miss our dear friend, so very much. All of the things we have experienced together have enriched our lives. Our love goes out to the entire family. Such a loss.
My sincere condolences go out to Patricia’s family. Her obituary was so thoughtful. It gave a picture of what this lady accomplished. She was a remarkable woman.