Glenna Shapiro Bio



Glenna (Jones) Shapiro was born June 25, 1933, in Chandler, Ariz. The eldest of five children, she graduated in 1951 from North High School in Phoenix before attending Brigham Young University and Arizona State University, where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in education.

Glenna taught elementary school in the Madison School District in Phoenix and met Lawrence Shapiro, who was on his way to becoming a medical doctor. The couple married August 20, 1960, and had three children: Susan in 1961, followed by twin sons Steven and David 1965.


After raising the three children in Paradise Valley, Glenna served as the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation (formerly the Arizona Kidney Foundation) for nearly 30 years, until 2006. Under her leadership, the foundation flourished and was able to help countless thousands of Arizonans in the kidney community.  She was also a devoted member of the Arizona Women’s Board from 1978 to present day. 

In addition to her dedicated service with the NKF, Glenna served on boards for many charitable organizations, including:
  • Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Institute, since 1975
  • Arizona Opera Board
  • Phoenix Symphony Board
  • American Heart Association Heart Ball

She, with her husband, supported numerous non-profit organizations to improve the lives of the all in her community. Glenna was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving as a Sunday School instructor, and as a teacher and leader in the women’s, youth, and scouting organizations.

Glenna received the Woman of the Year Award in 1983 for her long-term contribution and commitment to her community.

Glenna enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, playing tennis with her friends, celebrating birthdays and holidays, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Glenna and Lawrence were together when they died Jan. 30, 2012. Glenna is survived by her siblings, Vernadeen Vetterli, Marva Stowell, Thomas Jones and Ronald Jones; and by her three children, Susan, David (Anneliese) and Steven (Tamara); and by her four grandchildren, Audrey, Scarlett, Tess,  and Samuel.


22 comments:

  1. I am the Mother of Randall Likness, the husband of Amy. I extend to you and your family my sincere condolences from myself, Eugene McQuary, my partner and my children on the passing of the Shapiro family. My prayers will be with them, of course and all the members of the family. God Bless.....Maurene Likness Al Ammary

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  2. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom, Ron, the Jones family and the Shapiro family. This tragedy has hit very close to home for me as an employee of Glenn Jones Ford. My the Lord comfort you all in your time of need. Sincerely Kim Salazar

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  3. There are not enough words to express how wonderful Glenna and Larry were and how tragic their death is. We will miss them so greatly.

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  4. Condolences to family and friends during this most difficult time.

    Gone but never forgotten.

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  5. Thinking of all the Shapiro and Jones family during this incredibly difficult time. This tragedy is a huge loss to our community. We pray for the day that the family finds peace and this horrific crime is solved.

    From a life long Phoenician and a member of the medical community.

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  6. I just read this story on Yahoo and even though I did not know you personally I am truly sorry for your loss.

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  7. Such a tragedy. I am very sorry for your loss. They were such wonderful, giving, selfless people. All Phoenicians will feel the loss.

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  8. I sorrow for your loss...Just another reader of the news. What fine people these were ...such a senseless loss to our world.

    May the Lord keep you in his arms through this trying time.

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  9. I happened to read the story in yahoo. I was shocked as I see the faces of my parents in all dads and moms worldwide. Praying that they be at peace and be rewarded in the real Paradise.

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  10. Glenna Shapiro, The best blazer A and Blazer B Sunday school teacher that I have ever had. Almost 40 years later I still remember feeling special.
    I am sure that she and Larry are having a great time basking in all of that light and knowledge. I wont worry for a second about thier next life.

    I truly hope you guys know that:-)

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  11. Dear Shapiro Family - I just read about this terrible event and visited the website you set up. I am so very sad and will keep all of you in my prayers. The photos you posted are beautiful.

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  12. To entire family of Mr and Mrs Shapiro, My family and I extend our sincere condolences. This is a horrible thing that has happened to your family and our hearts break for you all. May god and his angels surround you all during this difficult time. Keep your faith.

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  13. May we extend our deepest heartfelt love to the Shapiro family. John and I had the honor of working with Glenna on the Utah Chamber Artists Board. What an elegant, gracious, kind lady. Glenna and Larry's Salt Lake home is right around the corner from us and very close to their precious David, Anneliese and children.
    There are so many who are ready and waiting to reach out in any way to help comfort and support this beautiful family.

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  14. DEAR FAMILY MEMBERS, WE SEND OUR PRAYERS TO HELP YOU HEAL YOUR HEARTS IN THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY,THEY ARE AT PEACE NOW.

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  15. So sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom and dad. Please know that you are all in our prayers, and that we pray you can see through the eyes of faith Our Father in Heaven embracing them in His Eternal Light just as He did in shining light in the life of your family here on earth. We pray you can feel Him pouring in your hurting hearts His Divine Love and the Peace that passes all understanding.

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  16. I met Glenna about 15 years ago when I was 16. I attended some of the kidney foundation meetings with my aunt, Terri Gallu. Glenna immediately struck me as a beautiful, poised, elegant, and intelligent woman. I admired her greatly for all of the great works that she did. I was deeply saddened to hear about this tragic news. I am so sorry for your family's loss of two magnificent people.

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  17. I have just learned the news from my mother, who was a good friend of the Shapiros and who saw them only the Monday before. I did not know them personally but when I saw the family photo, I realized I had attended grade school with their daughter. What a tragic event. I am indescribably saddened that humans are capable of these kinds of acts. My heart goes out to the entire family.

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  18. Glenna did so many things for kidney patients. She was warm and supportive and creative. She would work with our Kidney Konnection group for kidney patients apart from AKF. She extended the services over the years. Kidney patients knew they could go to Glenna and AKF when things were bad.There's no telling how many lives she touched with her beautiful heart and soul.

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  19. I love your parents so much; Glenna has been such a good friend for so many years. She had a real gift for making people feel essential. Her face brightened my every Sunday for 10+ years.

    She was so amazing and my daughter Lucy and I will miss our visits with Glenna. Motherhood was not easy for me to come by as Glenna knew, from the first Sunday I walked into Church with my baby girl and Glenna treated my daughter like she was a treasure. As soon as Lucy could walk every Sunday including running to hug Glenna . Lucy looked forward to visiting with her every week. How do I explain to my five year old why we won't see Glenna anymore?

    My heart just hurts so much for children and grandchildren who have to surive their parents and grandparents.Your family is in our prayers and thoughts.

    The Shapiros were some of the best people that I have had the opportunity to know in my life. They were angels on earth. I know God has a special place for them in heaven. Until we meet again, my friend.

    -Katie Meyers Valeros

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  20. Evil paid a visit to these hard working great American's. God bless their children during this time.

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  21. I regretfully did not know, meet or see the Shapiros, nor had I ever heard of them until this senseless evil tragedy. But we share a common issue. My only child was murdered two years ago this April. We are still meeting at the court house every month, to discuss the statis of the case. Please know you are about to endure a lengthy fight for justice for such horrable acts by another human being who I will always refer to as monsters. You are and will be in my prayers. May your parents rest and the lord give you strenght.

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  22. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the Shapiro family during this horrible time. I too am a homicide survivor to a crime very similar in which I lost my mother. I pray that you find the strength and love to help you through all that lies ahead.

    Kathy Kirkland
    (also previous patient of Dr Steven Shapiro in Tucson if this is the same family)

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