Alice Rexine Ferrel Glenn (1937-2019), beloved and honored wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully on October 10th, 2019. Rexine was born in Modesto, California on January 25th, 1937 to Rex and June Ferrel. Rexine adored her younger brother David, felt the loving encouragement of parents who were both teachers, and showed exceptional musical ability.
She grew up in a home filled with love and designed and built by her father and mother. The home was surrounded by 40 acres of almond trees where Rexine and her brother, David, had plenty of opportunities to learn the value of hard work and spending time together with family and friends. She began formal piano lessons at the age of 6, began performing on local radio shows, gave her first concert at age 12, soloed with the Napa Philharmonic at age 16, and went on to solo with a number of other symphony orchestras.
Rexine attended Turlock High School, where she excelled academically and made many life-long friends. She graduated in 1955. While still in high school, she received a letter from a young missionary in Canada addressed to Miss Rexine Ferris. The postman thought it might be Rexine Ferrel and hand-delivered it. The missionary had seen an article in the Church News about a concert performance by Rexine and felt impressed to write to her. This letter set in motion a long-distance courtship, ending in a marriage proposal.
On December 14th, 1956, Rexine married her pen pal in the Salt Lake Temple. They settled in Salt Lake City, where her husband, James Glenn, attended law school at the University of Utah. While completing his law degree, they welcomed two daughters, Sheilagh (1958), and Michelle (1959). Following graduation, the moved to the Bay Area of California and welcomed four more children into their home—James (1962), Deirdre (1965), David (1968), and Alison (1974).
Rexine was a life-long champion of classical music. She felt a personal connection to Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Puccini. She instilled a deep and abiding love of the arts in all of her children and grandchildren. She taught hundreds of children and adults not just how to play the piano, but how to feel deeply through music. She appeared on the Armand Girard Television Show in San Francisco in 1951, won numerous piano performance awards, and soloed with both the Napa Philharmonic and the Modesto Symphony. She gave back to the community as a board member of the Music Teachers Association of California, the Fremont Community Concert Board, and the Twin Falls Music Festival Chair. As a devout life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she organized annual stake music concerts and played alongside other talented musicians to packed audiences.
Rexine loved feeding both the body and spirit. She was an excellent cook and was constantly showing up with delicious, nourishing food when family and friends were in need. As her health declined, she continued taking people out to lunch and dinner so she could visit with them and share her love.
In 1976, Rexine and Jim’s youngest daughter, Alison Kyree Glenn passed away in a tragic drowning accident. In 2013, James Glenn, her life-long companion and friend passed away suddenly in their Lindon, Utah home. As a widow, Rexine turned her attention to caring for her mother, June Ferrel. June passed away three years later, three weeks shy of her 102nd birthday. Throughout all of this, Rexine continued to play the organ in the temple during the week and at church on Sundays. She also performed in many Christmas and Easter concerts. Her music touched the hearts of all who knew her. She was always a kind and attentive friend. She knew people’s names and had time to listen to their challenges and offer love and support.
Rexine is survived by her five children, 23 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.in the Lindon Twenty-First Ward Chapel, located at 1050 East 100 North, Lindon, Utah where friends and family may attend a viewing from 10:00 -10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 in the Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls, Idaho at 1 p.m. All who wish to attend are welcome. Please contact James Glenn if you have any questions 385-259-8436.
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