Glenna Mae Corn (91) passed peacefully Friday, November 3, 2023. Preceded in death less than six months by her beloved husband of 71 years, Gordon Corn, there is comfort knowing they are reunited once again in the arms of their heavenly Father.
Born at home in Independence, MO on February 27, 1932, Glenna was the only child of Augusty and Mary Edwards. Glenna graduated from Hall’s Memorial High School in Buckner, Missouri in 1950.
On December 12, 1951, Glenna married her sweetheart from 1st grade, Gordon Corn. She always declared he was the cutest boy she had ever seen. Moving to Lee’s Summit in 1957 Gordon and Glenna established the home where they would raise their three daughters Cathy, Kendra and Celia. Raising her three girls she was active in their classrooms as a room mother and volunteer. Glenna later became Grandma (or “Grama”) to four grandchildren, Niki, Matthew, Mystie and Jaymie. And later, she warmly welcomed three bonus granddaughters in Katie, Julie and Christy. Later, the great-grandkids arrived: Paisley, Cohen, Brayden, Aryanna, Jayla and Xander.
A gifted seamstress, Glenna began making her own clothes, and even clothes for friends, in her teens. Her talents would later take her to high-end shops such as Silverman’s clothing and Hartzfeld’s bridal department. Over the years Glenna artfully crafted hundreds of dresses, suits and gowns both as a career and as a hobby. Her talents afforded all three daughters uniquely inspired wedding gowns and she has been called upon by daughters and grand-daughters to problem solve, alter or even create costumes, formal gowns or special requests.
Glenna was also a talented artist painting beautiful, detailed designs in oils on porcelain. Her work was an annual fixture at several art fairs and won numerous blue ribbons at MIssouri State Fair. She also enjoyed birds and bird-watching and enjoyed many of nature’s backyard critters (her hummingbirds, never underfed)! Gordon and Glenna also spent several years on the square dance floor and Glenna would stitch matching outfits to fit with the theme. Through square dancing they met friends and created life-long memories.
Glenna served as an active member of her church communities including Six Mile Baptist Church in Sibley and later served as church clerk and Sunday School director for White Ridge Baptist in Lee’s Summit.
A passionate traveler, Glenna and Gordon enjoyed many years traveling into the mountains, exploring, hiking and camping in national parks with their daughters and later their grandchildren. This passion for travel led them to Europe on several occasions, into the waters of Alaska (including a trip this summer!), countless campsites and hours of mountain views. Visiting 47 states throughout their travels, Gordon and Glenna eventually purchased a charming home in Salida, Colorado. The small home was host to family getaways several times a year, each room comfortably packed, full of family.
Glenna Corn is survived by daughters Ruby Catherine Ellena (Jack) , Kendra Susan Holmes (Jim) and Cecilia Janel Holman (Kevin); grandchildren Niki Stanley (Joshua King), Matthew Holman (Briana), Mystie Oldham (Justin), and Jaymie Holmes; bonus Grand-chlldren Katie, Julie & Christy Ellena. Great-Grandchildren Paisley & Cohen King, Brayden, Aryanna & Jayla Oldham, and Xander Holman.
A visitation is planned for 12:00pm Tuesday, November 14th with a memorial service starting at 1:00. Family members will be wearing pink honoring her 20 years of living free from breast cancer; visitors are invited to do so as well. Graveside services will be held at Blue Springs Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Historic St. Elmo and Chalk Creek Canyon, Inc. (HSE & CCC or HSE) in care of Langsford Funeral Home.