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Glenna Ruth Shanahan

October 15, 1929 ~ September 10, 2018 (age 88)

Glenna Ruth Shanahan Glenna Ruth Shanahan, 88, passed away September 10, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida.  Born in Potsdam, NY on October 15, 1929 she was the daughter of Bernard and Doris (Chapman) McClure.  A former long time resident of Queensbury, NY, she is survived by her brother, Robert (Gail), sister, Lois (Coolidge) and brother, John (Beverly).  She was predeceased by her brother, Bernard (Marge) and sister, Mary Margaret.  Married in 1950 to Willard J. Shanahan, who passed away after 45 years of marriage, the couple raised three children who survive her, Michael (Janice), Stephen (Karen) and Alison Specter (Larry).  There are six grandchildren: Michael, Meaghan, Justin, Christopher, Joel and Annalisa; five great- grandchildren: Alex, Christopher, Haley, Emma and Harper.  Her family was always her greatest pride and joy.  Glenna had a career as an elementary teacher for 38 years, most of them in Harrison Avenue School, South Glens Falls, NY.  As a Master Teacher she supervised students of the State University of New York for more than 25 years.  She was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution where she served as Regent of the Jane McCrea Chapter.  She was an officer in the New York State Organization of the DAR, and various times served as a committee chairperson and a District Director.  She was also a Speaker for the National Society.  She edited and published the HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK STATE ORGANIZATION NSDAR FROM 1992-2008.  She authored and published MUSTER TO THE DRUM, the story of the service of her ancestor, Benjamin Chapman during the American Revolution.  While living in Queensbury, NY, Glenna was an active member of the Queensbury United Methodist Church, at one point serving as President of the Board of Trustees and as a Lay Speaker.  She began spending winters in Braden Castle Florida in 2003 and in 2013 moved there full time.  Still active in her community she served on the Board of Directors and was appointed as Braden Castle historian.  Well into her eighties, as historian she spearheaded the creation of the Braden Castle Founders Monument and the installation of historic markers throughout the historic area of the Park.  Glenna was the author of the History Corner for the Braden Castle newsletter.  She was also an active member of the Manatee United Methodist Church in Bradenton.  Glenna enjoyed quilting and created nearly one hundred hand sewn quilts over the years.  She loved creative writing that began when she was a college student at Houghton College and continued right up until her death.  Her philosophy of life was to have served her Lord, her family, her community and her nation to the very best of her ability.  Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services in Bradenton is in charge of arrangements.  Burial will be in the Brant Lake, NY cemetery at the convenience of the family.  Any memorial donations may be made to the Manatee United Methodist Church.


Donations may be made to:

Manatee United Methodist Church
315 15th Street East, Bradenton FL 34208
Tel: 1-941-746-0101
Web: http://www.manateeumc.com/


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