Linda Wood Glenn, a native of Mebane, passed quietly on Friday December 11 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro after a long battle with dementia and a short battle with heart disease and pneumonia. She was preceded in death by her parents Willie T. Wood and Alene Wood Parrott and her two half-brothers Bill Wood and Clyde Wood. She is survived by her husband of 42 years Thomas Glenn of Graham; her half-sister Shirley Wilson of Guilford College; son Tim Patton of Mebane; daughter Denese Patton-Menard of Tustin, California; and step-daughters Kelly Glenn Harrison of Burlington and Cynthia Glenn Kelley. She leaves behind grandchildren Olivia Becker, Morgan Patton, Nickolas Patton, Dayne Kelley, Hayden Menard and Karley Harrison; great-grandchildren Nolan Becker, Grayson Becker, Harris Patton, and Dayna Kelley. She also leaves behind her best friend and cousin Janet Thompson. She was born in Haw River, but moved to Mebane as a child, and considered it her favorite place on earth. She described it as “magical”. Anyone who knew Linda knew what was meant by a “fiery redhead”. She was competitive, had a fierce temper, a loud laugh, and loved to socialize. You knew if she cared for you, and you also knew if she did not. She loved playing sports, particularly basketball and softball, and participated in both into adulthood. She was also in love with singing and dancing, participated in many dance contests as a young woman, and was a big Motown fan. Her greatest source of pride in life was the Girls Softball team The Mebane Sluggers, a group of predominantly African American girls from Mebane that she coached from childhood through high school. They went on to win the State Championship the year that most of them graduated from Eastern High School, and they continued to be a treasured part of her family throughout their lives as adults. She was an employee of Western Electric/Bell Labs/AT&T throughout her life before she retired from the Greensboro plant. There she met and married Tom Glenn. They shared the joy of dancing, and he introduced her to golf, which became her other favorite sport. She became an avid and competent player. They shared this game throughout their life together, and they enjoyed participating in the sport and socializing with all their friends at Quarry Hills in Graham. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at Mebane Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m., with graveside rites in Oakwood Cemetery in Mebane. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mebane Presbyterian Church, 402 South Fifth Street, Mebane, NC or the Mebane Recreation and Parks Department at 622 Corregidor Street, Mebane, NC. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Piedmont Cremation & Funeral Service of Graham.
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