Glenna Mae Schnelle Ellis, the youngest of five born to Adolph P. Schnelle and Julia Banta Schnelle; born on the family farm near Dudenville, Missouri, a German community on March 7, 1932, her sisters 11th birthday, so her sister Violet was given the privilege of naming her.
She spent a joyous childhood growing up on “Todd Hill” living on the farm provided many wonderful experiences, especially with animals. She won many blue ribbons in 4-H for her sheep.
Glenna love school and learning she excelled in her personal and academic achievements at Golden City High School where she graduated valedictorian. Music was always a significant part of her life. She played the piano, violin, and harmonica. Her father played fiddle and she would accompany him on the piano. Glenna came to Oklahoma City in 1950 to help her sister and brother-in-law with their newest addition Margie Carol. During this time she met her future husband Earl Joe Ellis, while singing in the choir at Christ United Methodist Church. They were married July 3, 1952. They had two beautiful daughters Suzanne Marie and Molly Kay.
Glenna served many joyous years in an array of areas with the United Methodist Church such areas were the United Methodist headquarters and administrative assistant in The Bishop's office. She continued this work while her husband finished his College and Seminary education. She always gave love and encouragement throughout his career in the ministry. She, herself became very active as a Lay Minister after her husband's death in 1999. Ministering to others brought her worlds of joy. This also allowed for many wonderful experiences both at home and around the world.
Glenna’s family was the center of her life, her children, Suzanne (Steve) and Molly (Joe), grandchildren; Amy, Kevin, Andrew, Aaron, Amanda (chance) and Little John, and great grandson little chance brought her abundance of love and joy! She also had the greatest of love for her extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Glenna made a positive and Lasting difference in the lives of countless numbers of people. We will also miss her bright smile that could light up a room.