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On Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Glenda Jane Lankford Fetter, of Joplin, MO, entered her rest to wait in Paradise for the coming of her Lord and Savior. Her passing came after a few years of challenging health concerns and a brief battle with a rare condition. Through her life, and at her departure, she was surrounded and embraced by her loving family.
Glenda was born on December 5, 1937 in Miami, OK, to Glenn and Julia Gamble Lankford of rural Seneca, MO. She was the first of seven children in the Lankford household and was loved all her life as their beautiful big sister. Her beauty was measured both outwardly in appearance and inwardly of the heart. It was common, as reported by her family, to hear her praised as a beautiful woman. But the praise that matters most was heard just as often, that of her kind and gentle nature and her generous spirit.
She grew up among her many Lankford cousins out on the prairie near the old Dessa Store, southeast of Seneca, and attended Westview School. She graduated from Seneca High School in 1955 and attended Joplin Business School where she completed a course of study to become a professional secretary.
She worked as a secretary to the Principal at Westview School, in rural Newton County, in the late 1960s to early 1970s. She also worked many years as Secretary to the Newton County Commissioners, in the court house in Neosho, MO, in the mid 1970s to the early 1990s. Glenda is a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma where she worked as Gift Shop Manager for a number of years.
Glenda married Harold Fetter on April 8, 1986 and they have lived in the Joplin and Seneca areas throughout their 31 years of marriage. Together they have loved and enjoyed their children, Rick, Jackie, Mike and Dan and their families. She was called "Grammy", and loved spoiling her grandsons, Skyler and Payton, and her grand-puppy Shadow, whom, some report, was possibly the most spoiled of all. Her great-grandchildren, Gibson and Logan, born to grandson Skyler, were a joy to her through her recent years of failing health.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ having attended the little country congregation at Swars Prairie in her early years and, with Harold, attended the congregation located on 20th Street in Joplin, MO. She loved the Church, and at her funeral service the songs she had sung all her life were sung to comfort her family, both by a group of nine brothers and sisters in Christ, whose beautiful voices she was well acquainted with, as well as the congregation gathered there to honor her on that farewell day.
Glenda was buried in the little cemetery located next to the Swars Prairie Church, where her grandparents, parents and departed siblings are also buried. Her departure was preceded by her parents, as well as her younger sister Barbara Lankford Mullin and brother Stephen Ray.
Those who remain behind in this life include her husband Harold and their children; son Rick Hancock and wife Tina of Seneca, MO, and daughter Jackie Hancock Rawlins, also of Seneca, MO, Mike Fetter of Las Vegas, NV and Dan Fetter of Cross Plains, TN. Grandsons; Skyler Rawlins and wife Christin of Neosho, MO, and Payton Rawlins of Nevada, MO. Great-grandchildren: Gibson Rawlins and his baby sister Logan. Her siblings; Carolyne Lankford Niles of Franklin, TN, Jerry Lankford and wife Diane of Joplin, MO, Julie Lankford Olds and husband Dustin of Miami, OK, and Doug Lankford and wife Gena of Miami, OK. Fourteen nieces and nephews and an innumerable host of loving family members and friends.
The family extends sincere gratitude to all who knew and loved Glenda and it is their great hope that memories of her, among those who had the privilege to know her, will be of the beautiful, Godly woman whose voice always spoke interest and concern for others over self.
Published on November 12, 2017
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