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TAHLEQUAH - Glenda Sue McCollum, known as "Susie" or "Granny" to many, passed from this life to her heavenly home on July 5, 2017, at the age of 73.

Glenda was born on Oct. 16, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla., to Sam and Wanda Blakemore of Stilwell, Okla. She was the oldest sister to Shirley Auffet and Kinny Thomas.

Glenda's early life was filled with marriage and raising her three children: Mark, Allen, and Lisa. She always said getting married and raising children at such a young age taught her life lessons because she was just a child herself. She loved her children with all of her heart and would do anything in the world for them.

She married the love and light of her life, Tommy, on Nov. 22, 1980. Glenda and Tommy were inseparable. They had a beautiful marriage - the type of marriage people want and admire.

Glenda was proof that hard work and dedication pay off. She completed high school with her diploma and went on to raise her family. She attended Northeastern State University where she completed her bachelors in education in 1979. She continued on to receive a masters in education in 1981. She began her teaching career at Watts High School. She later went to teach home economics at Tahlequah Junior School. Her teaching career gave her the ability to share her passion for sewing, cooking, and for life. She taught her students lessons far beyond what any textbook could offer. Her greatest highs were seeing her students and grandchildren excel in life and contests that she would so graciously sign them up for. Everything she did for her students and grandchildren was out of love.

Anyone who knew Glenda knew her passion was sewing. Not only was sewing her lifelong hobby, but it was a safe haven where she could go to relax and find peace. She loved to share this passion with others. She won many awards due to her sewing skills. She also enjoyed sewing clothing items for others and even sewed clothes for the movie "Where the Red Fern Grows." One of her favorite things to do was make quilts to give to retired veterans, as well as make quilts to give her children and grandchildren at Christmas.

Additionally, Glenda loved to travel. She traveled all across the world with her husband, family, and friends. She was able to see places that most people only dream about seeing. One of her favorite places to visit was England, which is why she had visited over 15 times. She also gained an appreciation for cruises and enjoyed watching the water out of her balcony window. She enjoyed meeting new friends and participating in the craft groups onboard.

A major part of Glenda's life was OHCE. She first joined because her mom had belonged to the club in Stilwell. She said she always thought the "doo-dad trinkets" they made at club meetings were so neat. She soon found out there was more to the club than crafts, and the ladies who belonged to the club spent their time giving to and helping others, which was right up Glenda's alley. The club quickly became her family. She was also a member of DAR, OEA, and Tahlequah Teacher's Association.

Glenda is survived by Tommy McCollum; Allen Campbell; Lisa Cookson and husband Jeff Lemasters; Anna and husband Richard Hoseney; Amanda, Sarah, and Brooklynn Cookson; Lauren and Blake Campbell; Kelsie Campbell; Natalie Qualls and Canyon Colburn, all of Tahlequah; Shirley and husband John Auffet of Stilwell; Kinny and Tim Thomas of Eufaula; Leslie and husband Tony Glover of Wills Point, Texas; Clint and wife Brittany Davis of Tahlequah; Rodney and Sonya Auffet of Benkelman, Neb.; Derrick and wife Kimberly Auffet of Gravette, Ark.; special friends, Lois and Morgan Whittmore of Tahlequah; Nelda Quick of Tahlequah; her donkey, Jack; all 22 of her cats; and many more loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Wanda Blakemore; son, Mark Campbell; grandson, Michael Allen Campbell; aunt, Sue Brown; and dear student, Jonathan James Hutton.

Services for Glenda Sue McCollum will be Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Green Country Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Okla. The burial will be held after service at the Stilwell Cemetery in Stilwell, Okla. Visitation will be Sunday, July 9, 2017, 1-5 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

"May there be more like her."
Published on July 7, 2017
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