Glenda Marie Vinzant Williams
Glenda Marie Vinzant Williams, 82, of Newport News and Oklahoma City passed away Monday, January 1, 2018.
Glenda was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she attended Wichita Falls High School and worked in the city tax department and as a clerk in the accounting departments of several savings and loans. Shortly after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart and began a 58-year marriage.
Following her husband’s military service in Germany, they settled in Oklahoma City and started a family. Glenda was a loving and devoted mother who also worked in the office of her husband’s oil-field supply business and was integral to its success.
Glenda loved to travel. She traveled to many parts of the world including Europe, China, Russia, Africa, Australia and the Holy Land. She sailed on almost half a dozen cruises and was particularly fond of experiencing iconic events. She attended a luau in Hawaii, bullfights in Mexico, took her grandchildren to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and recently spent Independence Day at the White House.
An athlete at heart, Glenda was a decades-long member of the YMCA and an avid golfer. She spent many days on her local links and made frequent trips to Myrtle Beach with her friends to play golf. She also helped organize an annual ladies golf tournament to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Chronic back pain eventually forced her to stop playing but didn’t prevent her from sinking a hole-in-one at the Warwick Forest putting tournament.
Following the death of her husband in 2012, Glenda moved to Newport News to be closer to family. She was worried to leave her home of so many years but was blessed to discover a welcoming community of friends and be embraced by new companions.
Glenda will be remembered by her family and friends for her lovely demeanor, grace and sense of style; and, more importantly, as a woman of quiet strength, character and resilience.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald D. Williams; her parents, Edward Washington and Alta Leona Chisum Vinzant; her sister Lorene Vinzant Tate and her brothers, Johnny, Russell, Everett and Paul Vinzant. She is survived by her brother, James; her children, Deana M. Ricks and husband Joe, Denise W. Wash and husband Stuart and her grandchildren, Katherine “Katie” and Alex Ricks and Sam and John Wash.
A memorial service will be held in the Commons Room of Warwick Forest Retirement Community, Newport News on Tuesday, January 9 at 1 pm with The Reverend Dr. Constance Jones of Grace Episcopal Church Yorktown officiating, assisted by The Reverend Carleton Bakkum also of Grace Episcopal Church and The Reverend Elizabeth A. Lutz of First United Methodist Church of Newport News.
Glenda’s family invites friends to visit on Monday, January 8 between 4 – 7 pm at the home of Denise and Stuart Wash. In lieu of flowers, Glenda’s family requests memorial donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. P. O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, www.michaeljfox.org.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice and Warwick Forest Nottingham Assisted Living for their kindness and care for the short time Glenda was there.
Inurnment will be held at a later date in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK. Local arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.