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Alice Glendene Wisdom

02/24/1935 - 07/26/2020

Glendene’s hard work ethic, her caring nature, and her love of family are some of the many traits that characterized this amazing and loving woman.  She was brought into this world by her parents Glen Wisdom & Mary Pearson Wisdom on February 24, 1935 in Los Angeles, Ca  where they lived.  She was joined by 3 siblings  Carol, Velma, Don and later Myrla and Cathy joined the family.  

Several years into her adult life she met and married Rudy Rubalcaba and began their lives, remaining in Pico Rivera California.  Where they had 4 Children, Danny, Denise, Thomas and Kellie.  She worked at Bethlehem Steele Company as a key punch operator.  In 1970 her marriage to Rudy had ended and she and the children moved to Tempe, AZ.  

A Few years later she met Ross Smith, They were married and joined two families together adding 7 more children.  They remained in Tempe for 13 years and when the kids were all grown up, they built a beautiful home in Gold Canyon where the family had many gatherings.  During this time Glendene worked as a head secretary for Allied Signal Aerospace Engineering, Now HoneyWell.  Glendene and Ross were married for 32 years but decided to part ways in 2004.  

Glendene was blessed with 11 Grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 3 great Great grandchildren who all called her Grandma G.

Glendene had a love of the arts and she committed her retirement time to ASU Gammage and the Tempe center of the arts, where she enjoyed being a hospitality host of events.  She was surrounded by many talented and up and coming actors.  She was very proud of her work and was very popular in the performing arts world.  

Her life touched so many people,  and gave us many memories.  We all will miss her! 


  • May God be with you and your family.

  • Terry J Russell

    We will all miss my cousin Glendene. I remember spending time at her home in Tempe AZ when they moved from CA. Was always fun being there. Lots of get together’s at Gold Canyon home. Good times always. She always seemed to have an upbeat attitude and was a wonderful person. God bless her.

  • Brandy Shaffer-Rubalcaba

    Rest easy Grandma G, thank you for all the memories 💕

  • Chris Duval d’Adrian

    Sorry to hear she was a great mom to one of my best friends she will be deeply missed.

  • Rest in peace Aunt Glendene. I love that we were both named after your Dad. I miss your infectious laugh.

  • I will always be thankful for having Grandma G as apart of my life. Rest easy Grandma G you will be missed and always in our hearts.

  • I Love you Mom, you will be missed by all. And thank you everyone for Loving our Mom too! God Bless you all.

  • Sally Garrison

    Glennie, it’s been a couple years now, but I still miss you and the phone calls that started with, “Sally, you’ll believe this…” Every story was interesting or funny. A day at work with you was always an adventure. RIP friend.

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