With heavy hearts we report that Glennys George passed away peacefully early morning on March 31st after a long battle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.
While she spent the last 8 years fighting the good fight, she lived a full and robust life and had an enormous impact on everyone she touched.
Glennys was born to James and Mavis Orbell on July 15, 1940 in the coastal town of Whakatane, New Zealand. She grew up in Hamilton, NZ in a very large Catholic family with 10 siblings (Judy, Brian, Rex, Bruce, Sue, Cynthia, Christine, Linda, Mark, and Jan-Marie).
Glennys loved growing up in a large family with many siblings and cousins. She also loved being by the sea. Her favorite spot on earth was Mount Maunganui in NZ. Despite her love of the sea, she thought it was funny that she never learned how to swim!
Glennys had an adventurous spirit and like most Kiwis struck out to travel the world in her twenties.
She followed some of her siblings to the “States” and met her husband, Joseph (Georgie) in the Washington DC area in the late 1960s. She settled in Washington DC area, where she lived for 40 years and raised two sons, John and Alex.
Widowed in 1991, she focused her time on raising her two sons and waiting patiently for grandchildren!
She worked for 27 years at The International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, retiring in 1997. She also served as IMF-World Bank Photographic Society President and won many awards for her photography.
After she retired, she pursued an Associates Degree in Art History at Montgomery College. One of her proudest moments was becoming a naturalized US citizen in 2005.
GG was also a world class gardener and chef. Her Pavlova dessert was a special treat.
In 2008, she relocated to Carlisle, PA to be closer to family and her grandchildren. She made many friends and loved living in the “small town” of Carlisle. Central PA reminded her of the beautiful landscape, lush paddocks, and agricultural life growing up in her native New Zealand.
GG loved cooking, gardening, photography, art, and most of all her family. She spent her life devoted to her family and her passions of travel, photography, art, and yoga. She taught us all that every day was a gift and it was important to live life to its fullest!
Due to COVID-19 situation there will be no service at this time. We will plan a celebration of her life this Summer.