Glenda Marie Townsend

Glenda Marie Townsend, 79, of Farmington, Iowa passed away at 9:25 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2021, at  the Van Buren County Hospital.


Born on July 11, 1942, near Farmington, Iowa, the daughter of Glen O. and Stella M. (Derr) Ware.  On January 29, 1961 she was united in marriage to David Townsend, at the First Baptist Church of Farmington.


Survivors include her husband: David; daughter: Cindy (Mike) Thomas of Farmington, Iowa; son Rodney (Katie) Townsend of Farmington, Iowa. Grandchildren: MaKayla (Jacob) Frueh, Stefanie (Jory) Heckenberg, Leona (Dylan) Coffman, Patricia Townsend, Stephen Townsend. Four great grandchildren: Brandon, Caleb, Kasen, Wyatt. Two sisters: Donna Jean Meinhardt of Fort Madison, Iowa, Lois White of Wever, Iowa. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents, step father: Frank Bideaux, brother: Glen “Bud” Ware.  And two sisters: Arlene and Betty.


Glenda was a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmington, where she served for many years as a Sunday School teacher and church treasurer. She was a bookkeeper for 42 years, most recently at Denly Agra Service in Farmington, Iowa. She served as the treasurer of Farmington EMT’s, and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed camping, being outdoors, her flower gardens and most of all being with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and family.


Her body has been entrusted to the crematory at Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.


The family will meet with friends from 9:00 am to 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Farmington.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Farmington with Pastor Chad Welch officiating.  Burial will be at Greenglade Cemetery.


A memorial has been established in her memory for Farmington EMT’s.


Schmitz Funeral Home of Farmington is assisting the family.  On-line condolences to the family may be left at