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Glenna L. Cobb, 87, died peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, her favorite holiday, surrounded by family.A Memorial Service to celebrate Glenna’s life was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 North Clinton, Iowa City. The Rev. William Lovin officiated. The family greeted friends after 2 p.m. at the Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Congregational Church or Mercy Hospital Foundation. Glenna was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Knoxville, the fifth of eight children to Elzy and Leona Rankin Monroe. She attended rural school in Marion County and was a 1946 graduate of Knoxville High School. In 1949, Glenna received her RN degree from the Iowa Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She met Stanley Cobb when they were both working at the VAMC Hospital in Iowa City in the early 1950s. They married on Sept. 25, 1954. Glenna worked as a floor nurse at Iowa City Mercy Hospital until Stan’s death in 1970. Stan was a music teacher and conductor at City High School. After Stan’s death, Glenna became a school nurse for the ICCSD until 1982, so she could keep the same schedule as her children. She finished her nursing career at the Solon Care Center and Oaknoll Retirement Residence, retiring in 1994. She remained active in later life as a member of the Congregational Church, Music Study Club, Mercy Guild, University Club and as a charter member of the Hoover School Alums and a lifetime member of the NEA. In addition, she truly enjoyed her time volunteering as a Patient Simulator Instructor at UIHC, as well as enjoying long walks and any kind of music. Above all, love of family was paramount in her life. Glenna is survived by her two children, Stu (Deb) Cobb of Iowa City and Jenny (Tom) Castle of Cedar Rapids; four grandchildren, Valerie (Bryce) Schroder of Ft. Collins, Colo., Bryan (Kate) Cobb of Iowa City, Tommy (Alice) Castle of West Des Moines and Ben Castle of Berkeley, Calif.; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Anthony; her brother, Hoyt Monroe of Jefferson; and her beloved cat, Molly. Glenna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stanley and six siblings, Lucile, Lorraine, Willie, Wanda, Dwight and Marilyn. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com
Published on  December 23, 2015
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