Glenda Faye (Cottle) Josefy, 84, of Wichita Falls, TX, gained her heavenly wings with family by her side on February 25th, 2023. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday March 5th, 2023, at the First Baptist Church of Grandfield with Reverend Micky Miller leading the celebration. A private graveside mass upon interment of her ashes will be held at the Grandfield Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Orr Gray Gish & Tipton Funeral Homes.
Glenda was born March 1st, 1938, in Dallas, TX. She was the second child of Fletcher Frank Cottle and Lola Mae “Brown” Cottle (both deceased). Her siblings include two sisters, Shirley Seligman and husband Mel, and Wanda Sangalli (deceased), and one brother Mike Cottle (deceased). She was extremely proud of her three children, daughter Phyllis and husband Doug Branham of Loveland, OK, daughter Margaret “Maggie” Cagle of Lawton, OK, and son Carl and wife Debbie Josefy of Altus, OK. She deeply loved her grandchildren, Seth and wife Hannah Branham, Vince Branham, Harley Cagle, Cody and wife Amy Hughes, and Jerry Hughes. Glenda especially loved the great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Cannon, Beau, Walker, and Beckett Hughes.
Glenda attended school in Mesquite, TX. At the age of 16, she met and married her soulmate of 68 years, Harold Gene Josefy and they set up housekeeping in the Dallas area where she worked at First National Bank of Dallas. Mrs. Josefy later learned to love the country life when Harold moved the family back to the Big Pasture area. She enjoyed gardening, canned, raised chickens, plowed, and became the perfect farmer’s wife. She loved the big family, small town life and basked in the accomplishments of her children as they went through school. She was a checker at Herb’s Grocery Store in Burkburnett, TX, Grandfield Grade School cafeteria assistant, and school bus driver. It was in 1978 that Glenda went back to school herself and received her GED from Grandfield High School. She and Harold bought the Purcell Insurance Agency shortly after that and turned it into the Josefy Insurance Agency and were quite successful, retiring in 2006.
Mrs. Josefy served as Treasurer, Secretary, and President of the Altar Society for the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Grandfield for many years as well as Secretary and Treasurer of the Grandfield Chamber of Commerce for 20 years. It was in this capacity that she helped start the Grandfield Western Days was a fun staple of the community for many years. She was an award winning toastmaster with the Burkburnett Toastmasters and also received numerous awards in the insurance business and from the Grandfield Chamber of Commerce.
After retirement, Glenda and Harold enjoyed roaming the country in their motor home and attending various bluegrass festivals. She loved the time they spent in Quartzsite, Arizona, where they would hike, hunt rocks and visit with numerous friends. Glenda also liked reading books, sewing quilts, and scrapbooking while in retirement. As the traveling life started taking a toll on their health, the couple anchored themselves permanently at Lake Texoma in the Sherwood Shores community.
Due to health concerns, the couple moved closer to their children on May 13th of 2020 during the covid pandemic and settled into senior lifestyle living at Royal Estates in Wichita Falls, TX.
Raised as a Baptist, she later converted to and raised her children in the Catholic faith, Glenda enjoyed attending different churches of various denominations and her faith ran deep. As pain took its toll on her body, she tried with great effort to always have a smile and positive word. She leaves behind her husband Harold, her children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren, her sister and special in-laws, and many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and some very special friends. She and her delicious cooking, deep conversations, sense of humor and loving kindness and grace will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Glenda to Hospice of Wichita Falls, Inc., 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, Texas 76310, https://www.howf.org/donate-online,
or to The Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or your local animal shelter. Glenda has donated her body to Science Care Hope Project for research due to the many health issues and pain that she suffered in the hope that maybe someone else would not have to go through what she had endured.
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