Wanda Williams Glass Bartholow, 89, a truly great lady, left our lives May 13, 2008, in Saratoga, Calif., but will remain forever in our hearts.
Wanda was born May 22, 1919, to Ruth Mountjoy Williams and Sheriff John Williams of Boulder. She was a joy to all who knew her from the first moment she graced this earth and accomplished great things while here. Her early years were spent in Boulder among devoted family where legendary camping trips were taken, declamation contests won, basketball games played and a detective agency started with best friend Martha Ripley. She attended Boulder Grade School and Jefferson High, graduating in 1937. She got her undergraduate degree from University of Montana, a master’s in psychiatric social work from University of Denver and a second master’s degree from the University of Montana in education. With her gift for guiding and counseling, it was natural that she started the first Mental Health Clinic in Butte. She then went on to become the associate dean of students at Northern Montana College in Havre and then counseled countless college students at the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif. She married her high school sweetheart, John Sherbrook Glass, in 1942. Lt. John Glass was killed in 1943 while on a military training flight near Mesa, Ariz. She later met and married John Bartholow while living in the San Francisco Bay area and together they enjoyed many years at a home they built in Tiburon overlooking the San Francisco Bay. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sister Ducky (Doris Burke), and special brother-in law Ed Slusher. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Nancy and her husband, Steve Sullivan of Saratoga; brother, Carter Williams of Great Falls; sister, Nan Slusher of Helena and Texas; sister-inlaw, Nevada Robertson of Helena; and several nieces, nephews and legions of friends. She accomplished great things in her life, made a difference to many and was loved deeply by her family. Perhaps her greatest legacy was her unfailing sense of humor. In keeping with the person she was, she would want each of you to do a kindness for someone else. That would honor her memory the most.