A memorial service will be held for Glenda Gum on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with interment to follow at Grants Memorial Park. Compassion Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Glenda Mae Gum passed away June 19, 2019 at age 90 at home with her daughter Sharon Matthews in San Manuel, Arizona. Glenda was the only child of Hugh Alexander and Varilla Thresa Thomas Boyd. She was born in Trinidad, Colorado on Dec. 18, 1928. Glenda met her husband Charles Gum when his family moved in down the block. She was 10 and Charles was 12. They were married nine years later on May 29,1948.
Glenda was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints after Charles' sister, Birdie James, converted them. Throughout her life she held many positions within the church: primary teacher, accountant for the Church Farm, relief society counselor, and librarian, but her favorite was the family history librarian after she served a one-year mission in the genealogy library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She shared her passion for genealogy with her daughter Sharon, and daughter-in-law Louann Gum. She also sang in the choir as lead soprano for many years.
Glenda loved to travel, even if it was just a ride to Mount Taylor to see the colors change. Every road was a new road, no matter how many times she had been down it. Visiting family was a favorite travel excuse.
After Charles passed away Glenda volunteered in the library at New Mexico State University Grants Campus with her daughter Sharon for several years. While volunteering she took several college courses to keep up with the times. She later volunteered at Cibola General Hospital where her daughter Donna Venable worked.
Glenda is survived by her three children: Sharon (Carl) Matthews of San Manuel, Ariz.; Donna (Gerry) Venable of Grants, New Mexico, and Kenneth (Louann Gum) of Tennessee; eight grandchildren: eleven great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Mary Pauletich of Pueblo, Colo., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Ross Gum, and grandson Dietrich Ziemann.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.