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Glenda Lucille Finnell Whitley, 84, Orange


Last updated 1/19/2021 at 7:27pm

Glenda Lucille Finnell Whitley, 84, of Orange, passed away on January 12, 2021. A graveside service was held Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lani Rousseau. Born in Hartland, Kansas, on July 10, 1936, she was the daughter of Russell Dow Finnell and Ida Lucille (Holdeman) Finnell. Glenda passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She moved to Orange with her parents when she was 5, was a graduate of Lutcher Stark High School and a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Orange. She was married to Jean for almost 61 years. She worked as a secretary at the Orange Camp Fire Girls office, was a Sunday school teacher, and a CFG leader for many years. Her main focus was taking care of her family, which she did in the most loving and caring way. She was always available no matter their needs.Glenda loved to cook and was a talented seamstress. She made most of her girls' clothes, and her skills were beyond compare. When her girls were older she enjoyed her Antique Study Group. They enjoyed many trips, tours, and programs. Her memory was as sharp as an elephant's and her family referred to her as the original "google". We will miss her sweet and kind ways and her beautiful handwritten notes. The family would like to thank Dr. Garth Beinart and staff as well as the amazing health care workers in the Methodist healthcare system. Memorial Donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, Orange or the American Cancer Society. She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Ida Finnell; and sister, Virginia "Ginny" Green.She is survived by her loving husband, Jean Whitley; children, Cynthia Whitley Osborn and husband Roy and Jennifer Whitley Harrison and husband Jeff; grandchild, Elizabeth Whitley Harrison; and sister, Florence Evans; along with many nieces and nephews.


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