Retired teacher reflects on her life

She grew up in Terry and Dawson counties and loves spending time in Ruidoso, but Wolfforth will always be home to Glenda Drennan.

Drennan graduated from Dawson High School in Welch and came to Texas Tech to study home economics “at the ripe old age of 16.”

Four years later she had a degree in home economics education.

“I married as soon as I graduated,” said Drennan. She had known her husband, Ray Drennan, most of her life, since their parents were neighbors and they grew up together before he left to fight in the Pacific in the Navy during World War II.

She didn’t start teaching that first year because she and her new husband were trying to get settled. After he bought a farm in Wolfforth, she began to teach home economics at Frenship High School.

Later, in 1962, he owned and operated Drennan Motor Supply for about 20 years in Wolfforth.

During most of that time, Glenda Drennan continued to teach at FHS. In 1989, Drennan retired after working in the Frenship schools for a period of more than 37 years, minus five years for maternity leave. She had two children, a son, Brent and a daughter, D’Layne.

“My favorite memory (of teaching) was the state degree program,” said Drennan. “I don’t think they do that anymore.”

Drennan said the students in the state degree program had to work on personal, school and community growth and involvement through the home economics program.

“The most dedicated students went that route,” she said. “That was my favorite part of home economics, to see the growth of those girls, and leadership. Nearly all of those girls are in positions of leadership now, in public schools and communities.”

Drennan said she also enjoyed traveling with area and state officers in Future Homemakers of America from Frenship.

“I had the opportunity to go to several places I probably would have never gone on my own … through FHA,” said Drennan.

Drennan said she really missed teaching when she first retired.

“I really did. But we had 15 years of retirement together that we really did enjoy,” said Drennan. Her husband, Ray, has since passed away.

Now Drennan stays active within the First Baptist Church, where she has been a member more than 50 years. She also enjoys bridge, crafts, reading and her Bible study group, the Wolfforth Caregivers Class. She still travels regularly to Ruidoso to enjoy the cool mountain air.

Since she and Ray and both of their children graduated from Texas Tech, the family has always been avid Red Raiders fans. She still enjoys watching Tech games on television and listening to Frenship High School games on the radio.

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