Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI



July 20, 1932February 9, 2020

OBITUARY Dinah Miriam (Freeborough) Glanville July 20, 1932—February 9, 2020 Born in Brussels, Belgium, Dinah lived in England, Australia, and South Africa before her family settled in Montreal in 1947. She earned her B.A. in English with a minor in French at McGill University, and married Roger Stephen Glanville in 1956. From his first assignment in Southern California, where son Bruce was born, they were posted to central Sumatra in Indonesia for 7 years, where daughters Anne and Wendy were born. Following Sumatra, Roger’s job took Dinah and the family to New York, London, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Orange County (California), and Houston, retiring in Orange County. With each move Dinah established their home, started the children in school and outside activities, and became a part of the community. Roger and Dinah continued to travel both for business and pleasure. A standout is their trip to Japan in 1972, when Dinah was invited to christen an oil barge Roger built, which became a memorable family milestone. Both were avid Bridge players, and Dinah also enjoyed tennis and singing. She could call forth a snippet of song to suit any situation that came up. A skilled seamstress, Dinah sewed countless garments for the children, many of which were handed down through the extended family. She enjoyed cooking and excelled at it, entertaining often, teaching the children to cook, and routinely making her own bread. Any new neighbors were welcomed with a fresh batch of Dinah’s homemade rolls. Dinah was a devout member of her local church community wherever she lived. She volunteered at the children’s schools, and in the community. Dinah was very family-oriented, devoted to (and protective of) her own family and diligent about visiting her family in Montreal. She enjoyed a good joke (even a racy one) but was always a lady, elegant and sophisticated. She strove to make everyone around her comfortable, and friends and acquaintances commented on her beautiful smile and sweet nature. Dinah spoke French and English, and was a voracious reader. She could recite yards and yards of poetry, and multiply 4-digit numbers in her head! She managed the family’s investments until Roger retired, and on a lighter side, explored crafts from brass rubbings in London cathedrals to knitting and crocheting blankets for her grandchildren. Pre-deceased by Roger, her adored husband of 63 years, Dinah leaves her children Bruce (Kathryn), Anne (Craig), and Wendy, and grandchildren David (Surya), Ian, Alec, Meaghan, Connor, and Bridget. She also leaves her siblings Anne (late Dick) Price, Jill (Hugh) Berwick, Margaret (late Graham) Martin, and Dick (Diane) Freeborough, as well as Roger’s siblings Tony (Kath) Glanville, Elizabeth (late John) Crosse, Alden (Sam) Jackson, 20 nieces and nephews, and 26 great-nieces and nephews.


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