Glenda Jean Haynes-Sauer was born to Milton Haynes and Ethel Karr Haynes on December 21, 1949 in Longmont, Colorado. She departed to be with her LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 24, 2021, age 71.
Glenda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, a.k.a. “Gramma G and Auntie G.” She is survived by her husband Rick Sauer; her sister Shirley Parker; her son Lawny Andersen, his wife Holly, and their children Elena, Eli, and Ella; her step-daughter Krista Manheimer, her husband Mario, and their son Alexander; her nephew Kyle Parker, and his wife Gretchen, and their children Jack and Molly; her nephew Jeremy Marshall, his wife Gabrielle, and their children Brock and Cole; and her niece Amanda, her husband Jesse, and their children Kinsey and Kaitlin.
She was preceded in death by her loving parents and her dear sister Janette Marshall.
Glenda grew up in Longmont and went to Longmont High School. She worked at Duckwall’s Department Store as a teen and then worked at Hewlett Packard for over 25 years. She liked to work, but knew how to relax and have fun as well. She and Shirley never went on a date alone in their younger years, always double dating! She and Janette loved to prepare family meals and do all the clean up afterwards. The three sisters spent all their time together and had beautiful friendships.
Over the years, Glenda lived in Longmont, CO, Loveland, CO, Everett, WA, Telluride, CO, Sedona, AZ, and Ogallala, NE.
In Longmont in 1970 Glenda gave birth to her son Lawny. She was a devoted mom and always did everything to make a wonderful childhood for him. Strangely, she really thought Lawny was a perfect child. Weird!? This was news to everyone else! 12 Glenda, along with Lawny’s dad Hal Andersen, raised Lawny with family nearby and created a supportive, healthy, and loving environment for him. Glenda and Lawny always remained close.
In 1999, Glenda met Rick Sauer through an online dating site. After months of developing a friendship and falling in love, they finally met! They got married nine months later in June of 2000. For their wedding, they went to the top of a mountain in Telluride and said their vows to each other. Rick and Glenda started their married life in Telluride, but moved to Longmont to be near to family in 2001. At that time, they had a beautiful wedding ceremony with family and friends. In 2004, they moved to Sedona, AZ. They both enjoyed working for the same hotel there. Glenda’s job was to chauffeur young, international hotel-interns around the massive hotel grounds and take them on field trips to places like Flag Staff to shop and to the Grand Canyon. She loved it! In 2006, Rick and Glenda move back to Longmont where they managed a mobile home park together and where, in 2013, they battled through the unprecedented Northern Colorado flood. Although they lost their home and most of their possessions, they were resilient, and rebuilt their life. At this time, they lived in Longmont another year until they decided to relocate to Ogallala, NE to be near Rick’s family. They remained there until her passing. The online friendship Rick and Glenda developed before they met in person so many years ago, created a firm foundation for their marriage and life together. They loved to travel and spend time together. They were happy and committed to each other to the end.
Glenda was always involved in her grandchildren’s and nieces’ and nephews’ lives. She continually showed up with treats like strawberry milk and tried never to miss a birthday party, soccer game, music concert, or family event. Glenda opened her heart and often her doors to each of her family members and she took time to form relationships. On birthdays, she took each child out on a date for dinner and shopping. She and Rick baked cookies to share at Christmas, and Glenda, like her mother, was famous for her green Christmas trees. It didn’t matter if a granddaughter showed up with five friends for dinner, or a niece and her children needed to move in, she (and Rick) were generous and open-hearted. Family was always central to Glenda’s life and she had an endearing love for the youngest members.
Over the years, Glenda developed life-long friendships. Even in the last days, she was actively reaching out to a dear friend of over 60 years who needed cheering up. Her kind heart, her love of teasing her family and friends, her toughness and no-nonsense attitude, her sassy stubbornness, her ability to make people feel special, and her total love and commitment to her family were all hallmarks of who she was.
In the last few years, Glenda fought through heart and lung trouble, and finally cancer. When asked how she was doing, she would shrug her shoulders and answer casually, “Pretty good,” and then smile. She didn’t complain, but instead kept up a positive and accepting attitude that inspired everyone around her.
Glenda blessed our lives and she will be greatly missed.
A Graveside Service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, CO, Monday, February 1st at 2:00 p.m. with nephew Kyle Parker officiating.
Unfortunately, due to COVID 19, there is a limit of 25 people. Please notify a family member if you would like to come. COVID-19 precautions are still being followed and masks are recommended.
Draucker Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements.
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