Glenda Joy Kessler passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, after a blessedly short battle with Alzheimer’s ending with a stroke. She touched many lives with her gentle spirit and Christian outlook on life. Glenda was born at home in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 22, 1938, to Rich and Lona (Lynch) Ashmore. As the oldest of six siblings, all who survive her, she learned to love and raise children.
Glenda graduated from Putnam City High School in 1956 and attended Phillips University in Arkansas. After college she met her lifelong love and husband of 55 years, Jack Steven Kessler; they were married Dec. 22, 1958. They lived in California for the next several years where she worked as a bank teller until the birth of her oldest son, Craig. She took pride and pleasure in being a stay-at-home mom and was actively involved in her boys’ school and extracurricular activities. After the boys completed grammar school, she returned to work until Jack’s career relocated them to Japan in 1981, and they lived there until 1984. In 1985, they returned to the U.S. and she took employment as an administrative assistant at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space in California until her retirement in 2001. It was in 2003 that she and Jack moved to Martinsville to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Glenda is survived by her loving husband, Jack, Martinsville; two sons, Craig (wife Hozumi) Kessler and their children, Emi and Ken, and Michael (wife Laura) and their daughter, Caitlin, all of Kokomo; brothers, Gerald (wife Carol) Ashmore of Edmond, Okla., Larry (wife Jan) Ashmore and Gary Ashmore, both of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Beverly Ashmore, Plainsfield, Ill., and Sherry (husband David) Manson, Arvada, Colo.
Over the years, Glenda enjoyed traveling, collecting antiques, cookbooks, trips with her three sisters, and most importantly, she treasured time spent with her grandchildren. She was an active member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Martinsville and especially loved the Tuesday Bible study group.