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Glenda Kay (Murphy) Crandall, 70, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona, with family at her side.

She was born December 8, 1950, in Leavenworth, Kansas, the daughter of Marvin and Bessie (Poole) Murphy. She graduated from Park Hill High School in 1968.

On October 30, 1969, she married John Dale Crandall in Kansas City, Missouri. John and Glenda lived in the Kansas City area a few more years before moving to the frontier of Alaska in 1978 where they owned and operated Willow Creek Grocery. Their son, Jacob, was born in Alaska. After returning to Missouri, Glenda worked for many years as a Product Manager for Z International, living in the Kansas City area and later in rural Sullivan County, Missouri. Upon retirement, she and John moved to Kearney, Missouri.

Glenda is preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Bessie, and her husband, John.

She is survived by her son, Jacob Crandall and wife Abigail of Hays, Kansas. Other survivors include: sister Brenda Martin, Farley, Missouri; sister Beth Bernard, Fayetteville, Arkansas; brother Melvin (Judy) Murphy of Grandview, Missouri, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Glenda will be remembered by all for her ability to brighten up any room with her smile and engage people with her stories. She was well known for her generous nature, kindness, and compassion for others. Glenda loved to ensure her friends and family were well cared for and enjoyed being involved with her church families by decorating, providing flowers, and cooking/serving meals in her communities. Her hobbies included creating beautiful quilts, horticulture, boating, traveling for any adventure, and taking care of her “boys.” She was also very involved with her son’s activities throughout high school, college and into his married/professional life. Most recently, Glenda lived in Blockton, Iowa and enjoyed “snow-birding” in Arizona during the winter months.

Visitation was held Friday, January 22, 2021 from 3p.m. to 6p.m., and funeral services were held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10a.m., both at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, Missouri.

Burial followed at Second Creek Cemetery, Platte County, Missouri.

Memorials are suggested to Blockton Christian Church, Blockton, Iowa in care of the funeral home. Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.