Posted: February 8th, 2016



HELEN MAY MCGLENN, beloved wife of the late Gerry McGlenn, passed away on Feb. 4, at the age of 86, after a courageous battle with cancer. Helen was born Feb. 12, 1929 to Mildred and Owen “Bus” Selk. She was the eldest of seven children. Helen attended Wrentham School graduating in June 1947. She married the love of her life, Gerry McGlenn in Jan. 1948. They both loved dancing and attended dances whenever they could enjoying the two-step from the Big Band Era. Helen and Gerry lived on the family farm north of Stirling, raising their three children – Nancy, David and Bob – and enjoying farm life. During those years, Helen was on the Stirling School Board, taught Boy Scouts and chauffeured Little League baseball players. Helen attended church regularly and had a strong testimony. She enjoyed being a member of the church choir. Helen and Gerry moved to Lethbridge in 1977. They enjoyed spending winters in Arizona and camping in Waterton with their family. She loved her children, grandchildren and her great grandchildren and spent as much time as they could attending their special events, taking them camping and having sleepovers. She will be in their hearts forever. Helen was predeceased by her husband, Gerry, and her son, David. She is also predeceased by her brothers Melvin, Owen and Roy and her sister Lila. She is survived by her daughter Nancy (Roger) and son Bob (June) and nine grand children and 14 great grandchildren and sisters Viola and Elaine, and sisters-in-law Merlye and Carlene. We wish to extend our deepest appreciation to the staff of St. Therese where she was affectionately called “Grandma” and to the doctors and nurses who helped care for her and make her last weeks as comfortable as possible. Friends may meet the family on Monday, February 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at CHRISTENSEN SALMON GENERATIONS FUNERAL HOME, 703-13 Street North, Lethbridge, or prior to the funeral service on Tuesday from 1:00 to 1:40 p.m. at the church. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, FAIRMONT CHAPEL, 205 Fairmont Blvd. South, Lethbridge. Interment in the Stirling Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 317-10 Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2M7.

3 Condolences for “MCGLENN Helen”

  1. Elaine (Hardy) Fletcher says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mom’s are missed. Your Mom had such an upbeat attitude when we visited her at St. Therese. She was always asking how my Mom and Dad were and we really enjoyed our visits with her.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Al & Elaine Fletcher

  2. Gordon Pengilly says:

    Dear Bob and Nancy,

    So sorry for your loss. I have many good memories about Helen from the days on the farm. She was very good friend to Eva these past few years at St. Therese. They visited a lot and I know mom will miss her. I thought about taking her to the funeral but she’d only gotten out of the hospital with another bout of pneumonia and I decided she was too weak. She asked me if she’d gone to the funeral (you know what these old gals’ memories are like) and I almost said she had but didn’t. I don’t know if it’s really sunk in, though; she’s apt to be be walking down the hallway to see her as we speak.

  3. Dianne Pengilly Reed says:

    Dear Bob and Nancy

    I have so many fond memories of Helen. I really think that the McGlenns and the Pengillys were more like family than friends. i remember one time when our mom and dad were away in Lethbridge and I was at home on the farm looking after all my brothers. I believe that I would have been about 13 or 14 years old. Those boys were playing the way boys do when all of a sudden one of them was obviously seriously hurt (which boy I don’t remember!). I was pretty sure that it was a broken arm. I immediately phoned Helen. I knew she would help. And within minutes Helen and Jerry were there, took over and, as I remember, drove that injured little brother to the doctor. I knew I could count on Helen.

    Thinking of you fondly,
    Dianne Pengilly Reed

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