Vida "Glennis"'s Story
The life of Vida "Glennis" Scaffetta will be celebrated at a funeral service Friday at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church in Chickasha. She was born in Fletcher, Ok on September 9, 1924 to the late Lee and Ida McCloskey. She was the first of four children. Her family lived in several places in her early years as her father followed work in the oil fields of central Oklahoma. When she was about nine years old, her family lived in Oklahoma City, and it was here that the young Glennis heard the whisper of God calling her to Him. She sought out a church, became actively involved, and has been faithful to Jesus Christ since that time. Her family moved to Cement during her high school years where she graduated from Cement High School in 1942.
While in high school, Glennis sang in a quartet for the USO at Fort Sill, OK. This is where she met Luigi Scaffetta, a soldier from New York who was stationed at Fort Sill. He loved her at first sight and persistently tried to get her contact information each time she came to the USO to sing. She finally gave him her phone number and that paper was still in his wallet when he passed away after 47 years of marriage.
Glennis and her husband, Luigi, owned and operated Luigi's Restaurant in Chickasha for many years. Additionally, she worked for Bayard Auchincloss and for KWCO radio station. During these years, she was an active member of First Baptist Church, Chickasha where she regularly sang in the choir. She also attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Glennis and Luigi were a team not only in work but also in play. They won jitterbug contests, and they won state bowling tournaments with many of those tournaments broadcasted on local television. In the 1970s, Glennis and Luigi moved their restaurant business to Anadarko, OK. While in Anadarko, she also worked for Oklahoma Natural Gas, retiring in 1989. Glennis was an active member of First Baptist Church, Anadarko where she taught children's Sunday School classes, sang in the choir and played the piano and organ. Upon the death of her husband and then of her mother, Glennis moved back to Chickasha to spend the remaining 25 years of her life. She was an active member of First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and taught the older women's Sunday School classes. She often said that the next stop for her ladies would be heaven! Even in her late 80s, she spent many hours preparing lessons for her Sunday School class and playing the piano. Many visitors to her home would find her "tickling the ivories" playing many of her favorite hymns and praise songs. She lived her faith and shared the love of Christ wherever God planted her.
Glennis will be long remembered by her loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends as someone who had a servant's heart and a deep love and commitment to Jesus Christ. Most conversations were held around the kitchen table with a cup of tea. She was a prayer warrior, a great cook, a musician, a teacher, a listener, a friend, and an advocate. She taught us how to live life to the fullest and that the little things in life are actually the big things. She was a member of P.E.O., the McDowell Music Club, ONG Ongoers.
Glennis was preceded in death by both parents; her step-father Vonnie Anderson; her husband, Luigi; her sister, Barbara Livingston; her brother, Jim McCloskey; her son-in-law, Robert "Buz" Bates; and her grandson, Jeff Bates.
Survivors include her children: Nicholas Scaffetta and wife, Cindy of Anadarko; Sandy Johnson and husband, Ralph of Norman; Peggy Mason and husband, Fred of Austin TX; Annette Scaffetta of Chickasha; and Glenda Cook and husband Mike, of Norman. Glennis leaves 15 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews, and friends.
Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Chickasha.
Published on February 21, 2017