Glennie Oressa Wallace

Friday, 26 January 1923 - Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Death Notice

On September 12, 2017, Glennie Oressa Wallace (nee Crowe) passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She was 94 years young.

Glennie was born on January 26, 1923 in Belmont, Nova Scotia and from that moment she set out to live life to the fullest! She was the second youngest of six children growing up in Colchester County where she met the love of her life, Reginald ‘Reg’ Wallace. They were married in 1945 and together they had five beautiful children, Maybeth Wallace, Lola Watters, Bonnie Allen (Ken), Barb Barraclough (Dale), and Shayne Wallace (Kathy). Predeceased by her husband Reginald Wallace (2006), and son-in-law Jerry Watters (2015). Moving to Sarnia, Ontario in 1951, she quickly became actively involved in her community. She was a long standing member of the Rebekah Lodge and while working and raising her growing family, she took time to volunteer and was always there to help those in need.

Glennie was known to have many talents, and her twelve grandchildren were the primary beneficiaries as they grew up learning to bake, sew, carve wood, polish rocks and fossils, paint, play music and the list goes on and on! Her legacy and talents continue to be passed down to her sixteen great-grandchildren. On top of all this, she also worked outside of the home. She has a little known claim to fame as being Sarnia’s first female school bus driver. That wasn’t her only first; she was also known as the ‘First Lady’ with the Triple “C” Carvers.

Making friends everywhere she went, Glennie joined many Snowbirds in Florida during the winter months and enjoyed regularly attending services at the Four Square Gospel Church.

Glennie will be sadly missed by her many family and friends. For all who were blessed to have known her, she truly showed us, by example, how to live life to the fullest.



Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m.


A funeral service will be held at Smith Funeral Home, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery.


Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice. (cheques only at the funeral home please).

8 Condolences

  • Anna and Tony Azzolina and Maria Farina September 16, 2017 02:29pm

    We are so very sorry to hear about Glennie's passing. Reg and my father, Carlo Farina, were wonderful friends and it was a pleasure to spend the last year getting to know Glennie better. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Anna and Tony Azzolina and Maria Farina

  • Susan and George Webber September 16, 2017 10:13am

    George and I had many a chat with Glennie after church at Foursquare..She was lovely.

  • anna larocqueL September 15, 2017 02:48pm

    Lola, Bonnie,Barbie, she was a lovely, fiesty lady.

  • Don MacPherson September 14, 2017 09:38pm

    I first met Glennie while visiting her winter retreat in Florida several years ago.

    Being both from the Maritimes, we spent hours at the table consuming copious amounts of tea (sneaking sweets while avoiding reproachful eyes) and reminiscing about the culture and music of Atlantic Canada. I quickly felt a strong connection.

    Glennie had an ability to put people at ease. She spun a cocoon of peace and comfort around those in her presence. A lady of great faith, she treated all life forms (human,animal or plant) with an intelligent, quiet kindness and respect. Seldom idle she exuded a quiet joy.

    While the death of a loved one brings with it shock, denial, helplessness and sorrow, there is comfort in knowing that even Heaven has been enhanced by Glennie's arrival there.

    My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to all who mourn her passing.

  • AUDREY Carr September 14, 2017 07:25pm

    I will always remember your mom's beautiful smile! She was made of good Nova Scotia spunk! Love to all,

  • Wanda Philbin September 14, 2017 06:29pm

    Barbie, Bonnie, and Lola and and all of Glennie's family, my deepest sympathy in the lose of your Mom. I always loved seeing Glennie's smiling face at the Quilt Guild. She sure enjoyed life to the fullest.

  • Harvey Potts September 14, 2017 07:59am

    I knew Glennie for only a year but she was a very special lady. A real pillar in the church. The Staff at the nursing home were phenomenal and really valued and loved Glennie. What always made me laugh is when Glennie would say Oh Boy and we'd say Oh Girl

  • Shelley Kelly(nee White) September 14, 2017 07:25am

    Mrs.Wallace was our bus driver for many years when we were kids. She was a very lovely lady our deepest condolences.

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