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Carol MacDonald Glenn

December 25, 1932 — January 15, 2024

Her Lord Jesus Christ blessed Carol MacDonald Glenn with 90+ years of life and she lived them well. She was born in Boston, the middle child in a large family, and cherished being raised on the New England coast. Her dad emigrated to America from Sweden as a young child, and Carol was glad to be of Swedish heritage. Carol worshipped Christ for many years in the Episcopal church, through which she volunteered at a soup kitchen feeding the homeless.

Carol moved to the South when she got a job as a stewardess for Eastern Airlines, an adventurous job she loved, and she only left it when she married, explaining that Eastern declined to employ married flight attendants in the 1950s. She never left the South, and that Boston accent never quite left her.

After marrying, Carol’s dream of being a mom and having a boy and a girl came true. She once said her only regret was not having more children. She is survived by her son Joe Glenn (Lisa) of Greer, and her daughter Susan Weeks (James) of Spartanburg. Carol loved being a grandmother as much as she loved being a mom, and one of the most cherished times of her life was helping take care of her granddaughters from the time they were born. She is also survived by her granddaughters Haley Glenn (Amie Sigmann) of Carrboro, North Carolina, and Victoria Glenn of Simpsonville. Her remaining surviving sibling is Carl W. “Bill” MacDonald (Mary Virginia) of Massachusetts, and she is also survived by her sister-in-law Vi MacDonald of Oregon and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and by her siblings Herman MacDonald, David MacDonald, Walter MacDonald, and Louise Moncrieff.

Carol kept a beautiful home that was immaculate at all times, such that her daughter joked that “I would have surgery on my mom’s kitchen floor at any given point.” Carol sewed a straight seam every time and baked pastry like a pro. She also enjoyed and excelled at smocking beautiful dresses for her granddaughters, painting, and ceramics, and she was a voracious reader. She was a skilled gardener, growing beautiful flowers and big, delicious vegetables for many years. The family joked that the neighbors would bolt the doors and turn off the lights when they saw the Glenn children coming with bags of zucchini!

Carol lives on our memories and the joyful reminders of the many beautiful gifts (especially the handmade ones) that she gave us, her delicious recipes (oh that cheesecake!), and the lessons she taught us - love your family, and you will never regret being generous in forgiveness. May her memory be a blessing to those who knew and loved her? She will be laid to rest in Massachusetts and a private service will be held at that time.

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