Glenda Marie Chittenden

October 10, 1936July 21, 2018

Glenda Chittenden died on July 21, 2018, at the age of 81, following a sudden illness. She was surrounded by family and parted with a smile on her face as she was greeted by her Lord and Savior and possibly even her beloved Scottish terrier, “Duffy.”

Glenda was born October 10, 1936, in Longmont, Colorado, to Glenn and Minnie Nelson. She grew up on a farm near Erie and Longmont where she was a member of Luther League, Rainbow Girls, and 4-H. Glenda could still recite the 4-H pledge and proudly did so to anyone who would listen. It was an ideal place to live with many picnics and hikes in the nearby Rocky Mountains. One of her favorite spots was Estes Park, a location she and family traveled to many times after she moved away from Colorado. She graduated from Longmont High School and the University of Colorado in Boulder. At CU, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and received a degree in Business Finance.

Glenda met her husband, Richard Chittenden (“Rich”), when both were working in Los Angeles. He was a civil engineer and after they married, they lived several places in California. Son, David, was born when they lived in Orange, and daughter, Caryn, was born in Ventura. Ventura proved to be the perfect place to raise their family, where they bought and lived in their first and only house for over 47 years.

Glenda’s love of numbers led her to work for H&R Block. She then took that knowledge and opened her own business, becoming an Enrolled Agent with the IRS and prepared tax returns for nearly 30 years. Glenda also had a hard time saying “no” to volunteer requests. She became treasurer of every organization to which she belonged, the offering tabulator at her church as well as PTA president and part-time librarian at Loma Vista Elementary School while her children attended. She was also scorekeeper for many of her grandson, Zane’s, little league baseball teams.

With Rich’s help, she learned to play golf and loved playing the game. Glenda belonged to the women’s clubs at Buenaventura and Soule Park and was an officer in the WPLGA for 9 years. She had a hole in one twice and played golf (sometimes with daughter Caryn) on many premier courses. Highlights: Playing in Australia with kangaroos as spectators and in Scotland at Saint Andrews.

Glenda also loved playing bridge and had many close friends from that game. She played with one group of ladies for over 30 years. And she enjoyed sewing, both machine sewing as well as knitting. Glenda passed that love of sewing down to her daughter, who ultimately became an interior designer as a result. All of Glenda’s family members also have beautifully knitted scarves and hats for when cold weather strikes.

When Glenda’s daughter chose to go to college in Virginia and live in Charlotte, NC, she became the ultimate care package sender. Her daughter and then her grandchildren loved opening her boxes on birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. There was always at least one book in each package, and she successfully passed down her love of reading to her grandchildren. While baked goods would make it into the packages at times, making Christmas cookies with her granddaughter, Samantha, for the last 23 years was a cherished time for Glenda.

She is survived by her son, David and wife, Suzanne, grandchildren, Samantha, Zane and Rowen; her daughter, Caryn and husband Rob Craige, grandchildren, Connor and Sarah; and her brother, Harold Nelson and his wife, Diane, of Longmont.

A drop-in reception honoring Glenda will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Lutheran Church, 196 North Ashwood Avenue, Ventura, CA. A private family service for the inurnment will precede the reception.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to


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Linda Laursen

September 22, 2018

Dear Family and Friends, It is with great sorrow I have just learned of the passing of Glenda. I had meant to get in contact with her earlier and procrastinated. By all the wonderful things I see her family has posted and by all the lovely things Rich always said about her when we corresponded with Family Tree information, she was a beautiful person. I am sorry to have missed speaking with her and getting to know her better.

With my deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers,
Linda Laursen
Greenfield, IN

Kay Kugel Sachs

September 17, 2018

For Glenda's family: I am just now learning of Glenda's passing. We grew up together mostly in Longmont, where we graduated from High School. We stayed good friends even though we went in different directions to college and then our lives as wives and mothers. Often we met for lunch in Ventura when we were able to stop by and visit for short times, and once we moved back to Longmont, she would come and see us when she visited your uncle Harold. (Let me also offer condolences on his death which I just read about last Sunday.)

I will miss her greatly....but will remember the great smile and wonderful memories of our times together. My prayers are with you all at this time.

Kay Kugel Sachs, Longmont, Colorado

Charlene (Johnson) Swanson

September 16, 2018

To Glenda's family -- I was so sorry to learn of her passing just a little while ago. Minnie and my mother were second cousins and so we are related! Annely, Ronald and Elaine are my first cousins, too, as they were to Glenda (our Dads were brothers). Glenda and I grew up together at First Lutheran in Longmont and were also high school classmates and good friends! I got a Christmas card every year from her, always with a handwritten note in her beautiful handwriting. I didn't see her often although we had both attended the last two high school class reunions and had a great time. I will miss her in this life but know she is in her heavenly home. My wish for all of you is deep sympathy and that your memories will be a blessing! ~ Charlene Johnson Swanson, Topeka, Kansas

Donna Barrett

August 23, 2018

I am honored and blessed that Glenda was my friend. I admired her grace, strength and gentle nature. We shared many laughs walking laps in the YMCA pool where I often had a hard time keeping up with her. She always offered a caring ear and I appreciated her kindness in many situations.

I offer my heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. She was a smiling light in the world and she will be deeply missed by all of us.