Glenda Rose McIntosh
Born on Oct. 15, 1942 in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. to the late Lucy and Jeff McIntosh, Glenda Rose McIntosh left this earth on April 23, 2017 after a brief illness. She was a spry 74 years young despite battling dementia for the last 3.5 years.
During her life, her professions ranged from telephone operator with Southern Bell (now AT&T) from 1960-73, volunteer with the Hospital Auxiliary at Charlton Memorial Hospital, homeroom mom during various grades of her daughter’s school years (much to her daughter’s chagrin at times), band mom (again, much to her daughter’s chagrin), funeral home secretary, caterer, queen of gingerbread houses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia and an excellent cook.
She graduated from Hilliard High School in 1960, where her fellow classmates voted her friendliest and most dramatic. Glenda also proudly became a Girl Scout at the age of 40, which really is a grand accomplishment considering she beat breast cancer just a few years prior. She spent most of her life in Hilliard, Fla. but most recently lived in Yulee, Fla.
Glenda had a zest for life that can only be expressed by the colorfulness in her personality. She was full of humor, loved to laugh and loved to make others laugh. Her favorite pastime was to dress up in outlandish outfits and go to family reunions uninvited – other families’ reunions. Mind you, they were family friends, but you get the idea. Nothing like just showing up dressed like a stranger at an event you aren’t supposed to be at to see what kind of reaction you will get. That was Glenda. Or, better yet, putting on the makeup thicker than Tammy Faye ever could, stuffing her bra with Kleenex and answering the door when her teenage daughter’s date arrived. (Now you understand the chagrin.)
When she wasn’t dressing up, she loved to cook and bake and share the goodies with neighbors and her daughter’s classmates. Glenda had a generous heart and a gracious smile. Once you met her, she was hard to forget. Despite the silliness, down deep Glenda harbored a serious love for God and Jesus Christ. Inside her Bibles are pages and pages filled with handwritten notes of Scripture and prayers for others.
Glenda is survived by her daughter, Lucy Kwapnioski-Nadeau (Greg Peistrup, partner) of Yulee; a sister, Melba Powers (the late Ralph) of Hilliard; brothers Grady McIntosh (Nancy) of Hilliard, Leo McIntosh of Jacksonville, Fla. and Tommy McIntosh of Lutz, Fla.; ex-husband Gene Kwapnioski and several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, aunts, cousins and dear friends, as well as her cats, Daisy, Blossom, Cheyenne and Lola. She was sure to have met her faithful companion Champagne and her cat Goldie at the Rainbow Bridge on her way into heaven.
Memorialization will take place by cremation. A visitation with the family took place Friday, April 28 from noon to 2 p.m. with memorial services scheduled for 2 p.m. at Shepard Roberson Funeral Home, 526 Oakwood St., Folkston, GA 31537. Donations in memory of Glenda may be made to River City Community Animal Hospital, P.O. Box 551344, Jacksonville FL 32255.