II Corinthians 5:8 "...Absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. "
Jesus wrapped his loving arms around Glenna M. Leavitt on Thursday, September 29, 2016, and carried her to the heavenly home He has provided. She was born on February 22, 1917, in Howland the sixth of ten children born to Albert Sage and Ethel (Lancaster) Sage. Glenna graduated in 1936 from Howland High School.
She took an Advanced Course in Business and worked in the office of Northern Craft Paper Company, Weymouth's Clothing Store, and the Howland Coop Store all located in Howland. She married James Leavitt in August 1939 and had one daughter, Elizabeth. During World War II, she took her turn as a night watchman from the Howland tower looking for foreign aircraft. For 40 years, Glenna cooked for the family hunters at their Seboeis camp. She kept handwritten diaries of these hunting excursions along with multiple photo albums.
A favorite memory of Glenna was that she always had a jar of date filled cookies by her door entrance for any neighborhood adult or child who wanted one. Glenna and Jim invested their lives in children who were blessed enough to be part of their family or part of their community. They took nieces, nephews, and community kids to their Seboeis camp. During February vacation, their camp was full of excitement. If the lake was frozen, you got to drive across or snowshoe. It was a week of ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating, cross country skiing, and daily snowmobile trips to various lakes. In past years, they used this time to cut ice from the lake. Horses and sleighs were used to move the ice to the ice house. Even this chore became fun for the kids. They rode on the blocks of frozen ice on its way to the ice house. This ice was stored and used the following summer in the camp ice box.
Glenna was always ready to go on a picnic. She took great pride in spontaneous picnic events with the kids. After James death in 1997, Glenna spent 11 summers with Carlene, Katie, Aaron, and Paige at the Seboeis camp. She loved kayaking even into her 90s. She also enjoyed the old wooden canoe and the freedom of being on the lake. She taught all the kids how to paddle the old canoe.
The Lord provided her the opportunity to touch the lives of many children in the community during her years of service at the Howland Baptist Church. She served as a Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of Sunday School, Gill Girls, Pioneer Girls, and Awana. Glenna and Jim also ministered to kids at the Baptist Camp in Mapleton. The community was strongly impacted by Glenna and Jim's love of people and their love for the Lord.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Jim, brothers, Kermit (Margaret), Elwin (Marion), Gerald (Elsie), Lloyd, and Reginald (Millie), and her sisters, Edith Currie (Jim), Thelma Leavitt (Charles), and Althea Sage, two nephews, two great nephews, and son-in-law Rod Douglass. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth, sister Mona Swett, brother-in-law, Donald Swett, and sister-in-law, Ruth Sage, grandson, Stephen Douglass, and great grandchildren, Shakeya and Jadyn Douglass, along with several nieces and nephews. Jolie Sage Hatch, a very special great niece, spent many hours in Glenna's home. An interesting note is Jolie's youngest daughter, Alydia, was born on Glenna's birthday 11 years ago. The two of them have celebrated their birthdays together for the past 11 years. Glenna will be greatly missed by her family.
The service will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln. Mr. John Spender will officiate at the service. A time of celebration will follow at the Enfield Baptist Church Fellowship Center 120 Enfield Road.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends may share memories or messages with her family at www.clayfuneralhome.com.