A Heart for Nature: Remembering Glenna Levengood

Glenna Levengood, a lively woman and longtime member and donor, made a lasting imprint on MNA. She and her husband, W.C. “Lefty,” first became involved with MNA in 1970. Together they sold property to MNA for below the market value to avoid rising property taxes.

Glenna and Lefty didn’t stop there, though. Inspired by the message in Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring,” they became advocates for preserving nature. They continued to purchase adjacent land, combining it with the original property donated to MNA.

The donated land became MNA’s 200-plus-acre Lefglen Nature Sanctuary in Jackson County, which was named by combining Lefty and Glenna. The sanctuary remains home to some of the most diverse animal and life in any MNA sanctuary.

Unfortunately, Glenna passed away peacefully at her home in Grass Lake, Mich., this past November. She will be greatly missed, but she is remembered as an avid horsewoman, 4-H leader, prodigy in the fine arts, dog lover and passionate friend. She is survived by her husband of nearly 67 years and beloved pets, Tizzy, Cutie Pi and Chi.

A donation in Glenna’s memory and for the ongoing preservation of sanctuaries such as Lefglen can be made to MNA. To contact the office, e-mail michigannature@michigannature.org or call 517-655-5655.

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