Friends, colleagues reflect on life of former Howland town manager

Posted Aug. 13, 2010, at 12:32 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.
Glenna Armour
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Glenna Armour

HOWLAND, Maine — Retired Town Manager Glenna Armour died Wednesday in her home surrounded by family and friends after a lengthy battle with cancer, friends and colleagues said. She was 67.

“She was wonderful to work with for the short period that we had to work together,” Town Manager Jane Jones said Thursday. “The center of her universe was the town of Howland, her family and friends and her church.”

“She was rooted here and she worked tirelessly on behalf of the town of Howland,” Jones added.

Armour retired as town manager in March 2009 after 37 years of faithful and diligent service, although she continued to work for the town a few hours a day in a lesser capacity for several months, as her health permitted.

The projects she worked on included the revitalization of the former Howland Tannery. She also worked with town and Penobscot River Restoration Trust officials on a proposed fish bypass that would run alongside the Howland dam.

Armour also was heavily involved in the town’s comprehensive development plan, which was completed a few years ago, said John A. Neel, who has worked extensively with her as a member of the SAD 31 board of directors and the planning board, among other things.

At the time of her retirement Neel described Armour as a hardworking, incisive and thoroughly down-to-earth manager, who, though diplomatic, would not hesitate to say where she stood on an issue.

Viewing hours will be held at Clay Funeral Home of Lincoln from 6 to 8 p.m. today, with memorial services at Howland Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jones said.

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