Helen M. Glavinick

Helen M. GlavinickOur beloved mother and grandmother left for her heavenly home March 16, 2022, at the age of 95. As a woman of faith, she had no fear of death and we have no doubt that she is now experiencing unspeakable peace and joy.

Helen was born on a small country farm in southwestern Missouri and was the youngest of four children. The family later moved to Leadville, Colorado where she met Tony Glavinick. She was 16 years old when they married, he was 22, and they remained together 63 years until his death in 2007.

They moved to Arcadia, CA during WWII, and she lived there with her mother while Tony served in the military. After the war, they raised their three children in the L.A./San Bernardino basin before moving to Lytle Creek, CA where they resided for 19 years. In 1990, along with their son Kerry, they retired to Ridgecrest.

Growing up during The Great Depression, Helen was well acquainted with hard times and knew how to “make do” with little when needed. An example of her resourcefulness was padding a dresser drawer to use as Kerry’s baby bed.

She was a talented seamstress and, finding store-bought clothes unaffordable as a young mother, she made all the clothes for her family. Creating patterns out of newspaper, she made shirts and beautiful school dresses from fabric remnants purchased at the dime store. Throughout her life she was talented in sewing, crocheting, knitting, needlepoint and plastic canvas, and crafted many cherished family gifts. She also enjoyed being part of a team in a women’s bowling league for 13 years.

Above all, Helen was a devoted mother and grandmother who was always positive, patient, loving, kind and long-suffering, whatever the trial. She had a good sense of humor and was loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sister LaVenna Martindale of Kent, WA; daughter Sherry Glavinick of Ridgecrest, CA; son-in-law Larry Cunningham of Lake Forest, CA; granddaughter Fawn Sizemore (Kevin) of Sahuarita, AZ; granddaughter Holly Sellers (Scott) of Fallbrook, CA; and great grandchildren Brandon and Brianna Sizemore of Sahuarita. She also leaves behind a group of wonderful caregivers.

She was preceded in death by son Kerry, daughter Anita, and husband Tony. A private memorial service was held at her interment at Desert Memorial Park.

Story First Published: 2022-04-01