Our mother was an amazing person. She brought joy and laughter to every occasion. Everyone loved her giggle, accompanied with a special twinkle in her eye. Her boundless energy and gift of gab certainly kept everyone on their toes.
Glee Arlene McKim Wales Nicknames: Mom, Granny Glee, GrannyCat, GleeBird
March 31, 1924 Place of Birth: Opportunity, Nebraska
November 27, 2016 Place of Death: At her home in San Lorenzo, California
Howard Edmund Wales(d) Years Married: 1946 - 1969
Harvey Brewer (d) Years Married: 1970 -1975
Children: Son: James (Judy), daughters: Mary (Brian), Kim, Michele, Debra (Howard)
Grand Children: Bryan (Christinna), Daniel (Danni), Sarah (Chris), Theresa, Stacey (Lane), Spencer
Great Grand Children: Pierce, Kaleb, Hailey, Kyndall, Tanner, Tyse, Benjamin, Lillian GLEE, Stevie Jean, Noah, Victoria (Aaron), Tyler
Great, great Grand Children: Scarlett
Also survived by nieces and nephews: Sandy (Bob), Peggy, Kathy, Roger, Loretta, Linda (Leroy), Eddie, Cindy (John), Rebecca (Doug), Matthew (Amber), Dina (Tito), Meghan (Richard), Lyle (Rebeca), Lyndsie (d), Nathan, Tanner (Molly), Anna, Natasha, Suzanne (Richard), Chris (John), Charles (Mary), Mike (Diane), Nancy (Bob), Tom, Shirley (Joe), Sherry (Don), Vickie (Ron), Jody
Parents: Lyle Cress McKim, Hazel Goodspeed McKim
Siblings: Hyldred (d), Hazel (d) (John, d), Lyle Jr. (d), Lyla Gwen (Dale, d), Wilma (Chuck), Leslie (Pat) Kenneth (d) (Marilyn), Keith.
Schools Attended: Graduated from O’Neill High School
Retired from Alameda County, Mental Health Department Years worked: 15
Hobbies: sewing, reading, cooking, fishing, traveling, bowling, bingo, working crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, eating ice cream, spending time with her family and greeting every stranger as a new friend.
Member of St. John’s Catholic Church of San Lorenzo for 62 years, San Lorenzo Community Senior Center participant
Special Achievements: Raising her children after the sudden death of her true love, Howard Wales.
Mom loved to drive - even cruising with her children on E. 14th street on Friday nights, taught all of her children to drive, demonstrated to her children the most effective way to people watch and enjoy the world around them.
Glee’s kids gathered to toast their mother, in a true Irish fashion, quoting one of her favorite sayings “I’ll drink to that”. There will be a Celebration of Life, near her birthday in 2017 at this time her children are planning an ice cream social.