Bentley - Glynda Carolyn (Pollnow) Province, born August 11, 1935 in Traer, Kansas to Everett and Opal (Hamper) Pollnow and left us December 26, 2017, at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita, KS.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jack Dale Province and leaves behind three children: Daughters Glynda Gay Province and partner Debra J. Hopkins of Nowata, Oklahoma, Teresa Carolyn Dixon and husband David of Everett, Washington and son Jack Dale Province II and wife Della of Bentley, Kansas, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Glynda was an only child of Everett and Opal and was raised on the family farm in Northwest Kansas. She attended and graduated from Decatur County High School in May 1953. On more than one occasion she would tell us that she graduated and met her husband to be on a blind date in May, was engaged on her birthday in August and married on husband Jack's birthday on November 17, 1953.
One of her favorite stories was about her first date with Jack. As she sits on the front porch recounting snapshots of her life, she said, "When I first met Jack, I did not like him at all". They were on a double date with Jack's brother Bob and Glynda's high school friend Barbara Edwards and Glynda was not at all happy with the arrangement. But then she smiles and says, "By the end of the date, we were holding hands and the rest is history".
One could easily classify Glynda as a pioneer when she decided to "hit the road" with her husband Jack and drive the 18-wheeler. In the 1970s out of the tens of thousands of trucks on the road, Glynda was one of only an estimated 500 women who were employed as drivers. So, April of 1971 Glynda began a new career with her husband and for the next 24 years they lived in the truck.
One story of the many she told was of the time they pulled into a truck stop and one of the "lot girls" spotted Jack and headed his way. In the meantime, Glynda and Jack quickly swapped places so when the lady who was looking to "score" tapped on the door, Glynda rolled down the window and turned to the woman and said "hello". Shocked to see a woman behind the wheel the lady's face turned a little pale and she left. When the waitresses at the truck stop would see Jack and Glynda pull in they would have their booth ready with hot coffee for Jack and a coke for Glynda.
In 1996 after 24 years of truck driving, Happy Jack and Lady Starduster parked the big rig. Jack's health prevented him from trucking and February 4, 1999 Glynda said goodbye to her long-time husband, friend and co-worker. Now today we say goodbye to Glynda who for years was and now is at his side.