Remembering the Life of Ann Glenn

Ann Glenn, 77, of Crofton passed away last week. She was loved by many and left a positive impact on the community she lived in and loved.

Many can offer valuable service, but few leave footprints that we never forget.

Ann Glenn, 77, of Crofton passed away last week. Funeral services are scheduled Monday at 10am at in Crofton.

She was a special education teacher’s assistant at since 1984, retiring in 2010. She was also the membership coordinator at , and had a career at National Security Agency as a Vietnamese linguist.

“Ann Glenn came to Crofton Middle in August, 1984, when it was actually a junior high school, then retired in June, 2010,” said Crofton Middle School Principal Sharon Hansen.

“She had a major impact on the building with students, parents, and faculty and was always concerned about supporting each student’s emotional, social, and academic needs.”

“Working with students was her passion not only in this building but also as students transitioned to high school. She attended many student events at both the middle and high school level and always had something positive to say to the students. She always had a smile on her face and was always ready and willing to support anyone in need. She was an icon in the building and community and will be sorely missed,” Hansen added.

Glenn was not one to take the spotlight for notoriety.

“How many lives did Ann Glenn touch?  I suppose we would have a difficult time trying to count, but the number would be enormous,” said Susanne Bradley a retired secretary at Crofton Middle School. 

“When I think of Ann, the first thing that comes to and, was her compassion and patience.  Both of these enviable traits were given effortlessly to the many students, educators, co-workers, neighbors, and community members at-large.  Secondly, all that knew her admired and enjoyed her New England sensibilities and humor.  ‘Ann of Endsley,’ as I called her, will always be remembered with love,” Bradley said.

Mrs. Glenn also enjoyed working at the Crofton Swim and Tennis Club, even being given the honor of her own parking space. As President Bart Sims shared, “She was Crofton Swim and Tennis.”

“If you were to put a face on the club it would be hers.  She was always happy, smiling and upbeat. The only thing she would ever complain about was the laptop that is used to check people in to the club.  That laptop was the only thing I could use to really fire her up.  It became a running joke between us,” Sims shared.

“She could also remember names.  She literally knew the names of every family and person that would come into the pool, and she had a unique voice and accent.  She just had a voice that when you heard it you knew it was her.  I will miss the voice and smile that knows every members name.  Unfortunately we have lost a person that honestly made this world a better place.  She has encouraged me to do the same” Sims shared.

CSTC lifeguard Kim Milligan shared, “I have known Mrs. Glenn since I was about 5 years old and ever since then she has always been my favorite person to talk to. Her sense of humor would always make me smile and, without even trying, she could brighten my day.”

“Every day at the pool turned into a two-hour hangout in her office, telling stories about everything and I will really miss those conversations,” Milligan shared.  

“She was truly one of my best friends and I could talk to her about anything.   She made every minute of the seven years I have worked for the pool worthwhile and I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her.  Mrs. Glenn was not only a smile when you entered the pool but she was also a kind, generous, warm-hearted person who would always put others first. I will truly miss her”.

Mary Milligan commented, “Mrs. Glenn was the kindest person I had ever met. Just seeing her face when I walked into work at the pool everyday made me smile no matter what.  It has been such an honor to work with someone like her who always puts others first and never expected anything in return.”

She has lived in Crofton all of her life, and has made many friends along the way.

“When I was growing up, Mrs. Glenn was one of those moms who knew everyone and everything--and you couldn't really get away with much. If you were up to something, she knew it,” shared Dana Neilsen Rice.

“She was an enthusiastic member of Crofton's community because she had a true interest in people, and in their lives. And what humor! She was sarcastic and smart. And delivering a zinger in that Massachusetts accent was the icing on the cake. She is gigantic in my childhood memories. I will always remember her so fondly,” shared Rice.

Joe Robinson September 25, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Mrs. Glenn was a very sharp, sweet lady and she will be missed. She knew every kid that came to the pool.
Michelle Parlante September 25, 2011 at 07:19 PM
I can still hear her yelling "French bread pizza!" from the snack bar. She will definitely be missed. CSTC will never be the same...
Alban Urbanas September 25, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Thank you Mrs. Glenn for all of your contributions to the CSTC. You were very special. We will miss but not forget your warm personality and gentle smile. God bless you.
Erin Rosenblum Weinman September 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM
We went up to the pool about 7:30P on Labor Day hoping to get in a last swim. Mrs. Glenn was at the desk and kindly let us know the pool was closed (due to rain earlier in the day) ending with a smile and "I'll see you next season!" We will really miss her when the pool opens next May. My vote goes to naming something at CSTC after her such as the "Ann Glenn Clubhouse."
Andrew Publicover September 26, 2011 at 03:34 AM
Mrs. Glenn was definitely an iconic presence in Crofton, and she'll certainly be missed by so many of us in the community. But it's not true that she "lived in Crofton all of her life." She was born and raised in the Marshfield area of Massachusetts, and graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston in the 1950s as a French major and Spanish minor. As several people mentioned in the article, she never lost her pronounced Boston accent, her sharp New England wit, or her habit of refering to Massachusetts as "God's country." After college, she was recruited by the National Security Agency to study Vietnamese. (They were recruiting French majors, since, at that time, there were no Vietnamese-English dictionaries, only Vietnamese-French dictionaries as a hangover from the colonial period.) She served two tours in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), and left the city shortly before its fall in 1975. She had great stories from those adventures, and still knew enough French, Spanish, and Vietnamese to greet the occasional native-speaker guest in those languages at the CSTC, or to slip in a sly comment. But there's no question that Crofton is where she touched the most lives and made the most friends, and where she'll be missed the most.


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