Catherine Glenn kissed and hugged her daughter tight when the two parted ways after a four-hour visit Saturday, Glenn's 82nd birthday.
As always, Glenn hated to see her daughter go, said her daughter, Cathy, who promised to return the next day, Mother's Day. Before that could happen, police found Glenn dead inside her home in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood Sunday morning, apparently beaten with a possible blunt object.
"This is like the worst Mother's Day," said Cathy Glenn, 39, standing outside her mother's home Sunday. "This is like something you see in a movie or books. It's not what happens to you."
Police found Glenn in her home, a two-story building in the 7800 block of South Euclid Avenue, about 7:40 a.m. Sunday. Glenn lived on the first floor, relatives said.
One of Glenn's family members is being questioned in the death after being arrested while walking at Rainbow Beach Park, police said. Charges had not been filed as of Sunday evening. An official cause of death will be determined after an autopsy, scheduled for Monday. Glenn was found in a closet with signs of trauma including cuts, officials said.
On Sunday morning, family members stood on the front steps of the brown brick building after police officers cordoned off the backyard with yellow tape.
"They took mama away," lamented one of Glenn's sons, William Campbell, while talking on his cellphone.
Forensic officers wearing gloves walked in and out of the home with brown paper bags.
Later, Glenn's daughter Cathy stood beside other relatives near a black iron fence in her mother's front yard as she described the family matriarch as a "sweet Christian lady who would give her last for anyone in need."
Originally from Starkville, Miss., Glenn came to Chicago in her mid-20s with her sister, Dorothy Shields, to start a new life. Her sister lives on the second floor of the South Shore building.
While in Chicago, she met her husband, Quinton Glenn Sr., through their relatives and the couple later married, her daughter said.
Glenn, a homemaker, raised seven children — four girls and three boys — while her husband worked as an associate pastor at LeClaire Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's Southwest Side. He died in 2002.
A breast cancer survivor, Glenn became too ill to go to church in recent years but faithfully watched the Rev. James T. Meeks on TV on Sunday at noon, her daughter Cathy said.
Glenn's zest for life came from spending time at home around her family members, many of whom lived in the same building.
As she recalled the time she spent with her mother on Saturday, Cathy Glenn said she's taking comfort in the fact that her parents have reunited.
"I still want to say Happy Mother's Day to my mother today. My mother was a great mother," she said. "Saying 'was' is pretty painful right now."Copyright © 2015, RedEye