Glenda Tyrrell - June 21, 2012Glenda M. ‘Shorty’ (Johnston) Tyrrell, of Loup City, formerly of Grand Island, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, with her family at her side after courageously battling ocular melanoma and the ensuing complications.
Service will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, at All Faiths Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island. Reverend Murry Johnston will officiate. Burial of ashes will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Fairview Cemetery at Phillipsburg, Kan.
Visitation will be Monday, from 12:30 p.m. until service time, at the funeral home.
Glenda was born March 7, 1934, at Norcatur, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Fern (O’Hare) Zweigle.
Glenda grew up and attended school at Norcatur, Kan., graduating from Norcatur High School. She waitressed many years at the Satellite Club and Riverside Golf Course in Grand Island. Glenda fulfilled a lifelong desire to be a nurse when she returned to school and was certified as a CNA at the age of 64. She worked with Alzheimer patients for 10years at the Christian Homes in Holdrege and Andbe Home in Norton, Kan.
Glenda was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, ocular melanoma. She was so very passionate about finding a cure for her disease, donating tissue to researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., working toward a cure for OM.
Glenda was passionate about life in general. She loved people and had a servant’s heart. She spent her entire life serving those around her. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and generously devoted her time to them. Glenda was an enthusiastic Husker football fan and an avid gardener who was especially fond of her ‘Almost Black’ roses. She will be remembered by those who knew and loved her by her tireless work ethic, feisty nature, and determined spirit.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Tyrrell of Loup City; children and their spouses, Jackie Aubert and Karl Young of Cairo, Rhonda Heuson and George Hamaker of Grand Island, Richard Heuson of Corpus Christi, Texas, Mary Maret and Scott Evans of Loup City, Linda and Phillip Sloup of Seward, and Michael and Barbara Johnston of Henderson, Nev.; brother, Charles Zweigle of Colby, Kan.; sisters and brother-in-law, Vickie and Dan Lippelmann of Oberlin, KS, Vonda Alexander of Frederick, Colo., and Gay Anders of Des Moines, Iowa.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and a great great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, George Anderson; and a grandson, Travis Lundell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ocular Melanoma Foundation, PO Box 29261, Richmond, VA 23242.
Condolences may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.