Glendene Bagby O’Neal Altomari, 93, went to Heaven at 8:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 6, 2017) at Bickford House, Bloomington.
She was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Wichita, Kan., to Charles Arthur and Nellie Blye Bagby. A graduate of the North High (Wichita) Class of 1941 who attended Wichita State University, she married Phillip D. O’Neal and had four children, later marrying Allan Altomari.
Per her request, she has been cremated. No service is planned at this time.
Her parents and firstborn son Craig will be waiting for her in Heaven. She was very proud of her family, which includes Pam (Larry) Mason, Champaign; Andy (Kathy), Corrales, N.M.; and Becky O’Neal, Bloomington. She was blessed with two amazing grandsons in Dean (Lora) Mason, Stephenville, Texas, and Trapp O’Neal, Magnolia, Texas. She and her two sisters remained close and the “Bagby Girls” spirit remains strong in Nelloise Blue, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and Aileen Clark, Wichita, Kan.
After Phil died in 1966, she moved with three children in tow from New Jersey to Maize, Kan., to be near family. Glendene had a full life that included living in Wichita, New Orleans, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Albuquerque before landing in Bloomington in 2001 after Allan passed. She supported her family as a legal secretary as well as public relations director at KFDI radio (Wichita). Her life as a volunteer started in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. In Bloomington she became a volunteer of many years at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.
She was always a strong, independent extrovert — her kids are all introverts so we will forever wonder if we were switched at birth. She never met anyone she couldn’t strike up a conversation with and will be remembered as someone with a quick smile and kind word.
Glendene requested any memorials go to the Community Health Care Clinic, 900 Franklin Ave., Normal, IL 61761, www.chcchealth.org. She supported this clinic for several years and promoted its mission to provide quality health care to the medically underserved people in McLean County through a free medical clinic.
Thanks to Bickford House for being so caring the last few years as well as OSF Hospice. A special thanks to Warren Leary for providing a wonderful, loving friendship to Glendene in her last months.