GLENDA TAYLOR HUSTON
Glenda Kay Taylor Huston of Faribault, Minnesota, died Monday, January 25th, 2010 in Cairo Egypt.
Glenda was born in Sioux Rapids, Iowa October 18, 1941 to Floyd and Lucille Lorenzen. Glenda lived her early years in Northwest Iowa; her family moved to Minnesota in 1953 where she attended Comfrey public schools. In 1959 she moved to Mankato where she raised her children and was very active in the community, her church, the Jaycees, and many political and charitable organizations. Glenda had many creative hobbies including photography, baking, gardening, sewing, ceramics, entertaining, singing, decorating and she even had a pilot license.
In 1998 Glenda married Dr. Richard V. Huston of Faribault, Minnesota. Glenda loved organizing travel adventures. Sometimes she and Dick traveled with friends, sometimes with family but most often they set off on their own. They had the unique opportunity to visit all seven continents.
Glenda loved children and especially her grandchildren. She often showed those she traveled with pictures of her grandchildren with great pride.
Glenda was a minority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. She and Dick enjoyed traveling with the team and the players considered her their "den mother".
Glenda is preceded in death by her parents and a nephew. Glenda is survived by her husband Richard, her children Terri Taylor (John Schissel), Jean Taylor (Roger Griffith), Taylor Moor, Jeff Taylor (Maureen); step-children Tim Huston (Cindy Rogers), Chris Huston (Kimberly), Steve Huston and Karen Huston; her grandchildren Melissa, Andrea, Elodie, Madeline, Grayson, Emma, Gretchen, Abby and Thomas and great grandchildren Piper, Riley, Savannah, Olivia and Kingston; siblings Richard Lorenzen (Edna), Gordy Lorenzen (Karen), Pat Carter (Jerry), Larry Lorenzen (Sheri) and Carol Roiger (Ron), thirteen nieces and nephews; special family members Rob Moor and Greta Lepperod and numerous friends and extended family.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 2 to 6 pm. The funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Monday February 1, 2010 at the Congregational Church of Faribault, UCC.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to the Glenda Taylor Huston Scholarship of Courage at the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation or Christian Veterinary Mission based in Seattle Washington.
I am so sorry to receive the news about Glenda. I knew her back in the good old days when my husband and I were involved with the Mankato Jaycees. She and I were both very active in the Mankato Mrs. Jaycees. I was president from around l967 or 1968. I remember driving with her one year to the state Mrs. Jaycees convention. We always had such a good time. I especially remember one Jaycee event in downtown Mankato. We were making cotton candy. We had cotton candy everywhere - in our hair, on our hands and all over our clothes. We were both very sticky from head to foot. I know she will be missed by both family and friends, but what wonderful memories you will have of her. She was a very beautiful lady. Mary Isabelle Goettl
Taylor family: My deepest sympathies. I will always remember what a wonderful person your Mom was, always smiling and just genuinely nice. I loved being at your house. She will be missed by many people. (Teri, I still remember your Mom getting the bucket of slushies from out of the freezer, it was such a treat, I loved that stuff!) Many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers for all of you. Sincerely, Denita
Taylor and family, I just found out about your mom's tragic passing and wanted to express my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope you know how much I treasure our childhood memories of playing at each others' houses! Your mom was always so good to us! I loved her laugh and smile, and although it has been a long time---I will miss it very much! If there is anything I more I can do beyond praying for you and your family, please let me know! I would love to be in contact with you again!! Love, Cheri
Many great Mankato memories to a very special friend. Even though the years have flown by, the friendship and memories will always remain. We love you Glenda. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
We have had many good times with Glenda when we were all young parents, raising kids and very active Jaycee members. Traveling to National Conventions, Portland being most memorable. We are saddened to hear she took her final trip to the heavens, but she will live on in the lives of those she loved. Remembering the good times. Brenda and Gary
My condolences to Terri, Jean, Mary, and Jeff. I have many fond childhood memories, your mother was always very kind to the neighborhood children and never gave a concern to the revolving door of kids in and out of your home. Glenda allowed me to watch her kids for several years and I think of it quite often.
Mark and I felt honored and privileged to have Glenda as our friend for over 25 years. She was a breath of fresh air--the most caring and unpretentious individual who lived, laughed, and loved to the fullest. During my journey with breast cancer five years ago, Glenda became my human sedative. Even though she had endured so many of her own health battles, she always took the time to make sure that I remained strong and confident in my battle. I saw her and Dick in October (2009) at a Timberwolves' exhibition game at Bresnan Arena. She was beaming, as usual, and told me about her hip surgery. To her, it was just another chapter in her journey through life. Her infectious smile told me she was ready to conquer anything in her path. Dick, the love of her life, was by her side with a steady hand to guide her. Dick, we are so thankful that God's plan for Glenda included you. We know that Glenda will always be around you--she would have it no other way. Glenda's transition to a heavenly angel will be easy, because she had years of practice on earth. Our sincere condolescenes to her family, who she cherished so deeply. Thank you, Glenda, for the love, care, and laughter that you brought to our lives. You were one of a kind!
Good fortune brought me to Glenda, my mother-in-law, when I met and married Chris Huston in 2003. While my time with Glenda was short I will miss her dearly. She always shared her time, great cooking, hospitality, and love. She treated my husband and I as if we were one of her own, and we loved her for that. My heart goes out to my father-in-law Dick, her children Terri, Jean, Taylor, Jeff, and her family and friends. What a generous, gracious woman - I feel blessed to have known her. I charish my memories. I'll miss you Glenda!
Glenda was president of the Mankato Mrs. Jaycees when I became a member and I always admired her caring and down-to-earth nature. In recent years, we enjoyed catching up on friends and family and also talking basketball at the Timberwolves games. To Dick and to Glenda's family, you have our deepest sympathy--she will be missed.
Dick: our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. God Bless you my dear friend. Wyatt
Dick- It was always so apparent how dearly you treasured Glenda. Can't imagine the sadness and grief you are going through at this difficult time. Our very deepest sympathy to you, your family, and Glenda's sister, Carol and Ron Roiger. We'll talk to you soon.
I am so sorry to hear of Glenda's passing. Glenda was the epitome of grace and style. I have very fond memories as a child playing at the Taylor home under Glenda's tender loving care. My sincere condolences go out to Jeanne and the entire Taylor family.
Dick and family, We are so sorry to learn of Glenda's passing. We enjoyed getting to know her through you Dick and at church. We send regrets as we will not be able to attend her funeral. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ollie and Diane
Glenda was the cousin closest in age. I have fond memories of growing up, visiting her family, and laughing together at family gatherings. She had a huge influence on my life. It was a visit to Glenda and her young family in Mankato that influenced my decision to go to school in Mankato. My life would have been completely different without that short visit to a favorite cousin. To Glenda's family: Thank God for the time you had with her and God be with you as you celebrate her life.
Glenda was one special lady with alot of class and grace. I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral but my heart goes out to Dick and to her family and extended family. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Fern and Ary Symens
Angels do walk among us, and Glenda was one of them. She touch so many lives with her friendship, her caring, always calling to see how we were doing amidst her own illness; she was an example to us all on how to deal with a terrible illness, she fought bravely, with courage and grace, and we will all miss her very, very much, God has called her home, and the world is sadder because of it.