Glenda Gallaway, 74 passed away on October 22 in her home in Eudora, Kansas holding her daughter’s hand.
Glenda was born to parents Robert and Ethel Gallaway, in Texas City, Texas on January 6, 1947.
She graduated from Texas City High School and attended business school before working for Nasa.
She married Jimmie Soileau and they had two daughters, Laura, and Tammi. Glenda is survived by two sisters: Gay Gallaway and Deborah Wood, one child: Tammi Soileau (married to Dan Sours) of Eudora, two grandchildren: Evhan Sours and Indigo Soileau. Glenda was predeceased by her parents, two brothers Randall Wayne and Robert Jr. (Bobby) and her youngest daughter Laura Shea Soileau (Shea).
Glenda worked for NASA after attending business school. She then worked for the Corps of Engineers for many years as a program analyst where she earned many awards for outstanding service. After retirement, she devoted time to her beautiful garden and her two terrible terriers Aiden and Max (the boys). Glenda also was an avid reader and loved a family adventure. She read Bible verses every morning and loved a good mystery novel, and she accompanied her Eudora crew on many road trips to Texas, Colorado, and California.
“Grandma Glenda” as she was known by her Eudora family, attended every game, performance and event after moving from Texas to Eudora to be closer to her grandchildren. She was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. “Grandma Glenda” also was famous for her seafood feasts she would cook for each family holiday. In addition to being a great cook, she never turned down junk food and took her grandchildren to Sonic for mozzarella sticks many, many times. She fattened us all up quite nicely. She also was truly loved by many family friends and will be remembered for her great sense of humor, enormous generosity and kindness and the ability to play a darn fine game of Scrabble.
Glenda requested the family hold no ceremony when she passed. She wanted to provide everyone the opportunity to remember her in the way they chose. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation to your local food pantry or no-kill animal shelter and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.