Union Street Goldsmith’s Creator Passed Away Last Month

Share Article

Glenda Queen, owner and creator of Union Street Goldsmith passed away at age 75 in August.

Glenda Queen, owner and creator of Union Street Goldsmith in San Francisco, has passed on at age 75. She lived from Feb. 21, 1940 to Aug. 3, 2015.

Glenda attended Newport Harbor High, Calif. from 1953 to 1957. From 1957-58 she attended Pepperdine University as an art major. Glenda moved to San Francisco in 1959 and completed a UC Berkeley Art Program in Paris, France in 1961. She moved to Sausalito, Calif. in 1962 and to Stinson Beach, Calif. in 1963.

She traveled to Guatemala, learning crafts in textiles and leather, and opened a leather goods store in Stinson Beach. She became interested in jewelry making with her good friend Brian Hale and in 1964 went to work for McLean’s Jewelry in Sausalito for 11 years. Glenda then opened her own store on 1909 Union St. in 1976 with her lifelong friend and business partner Terry Brumbaugh, who continues to run the store.

In 1964 while she was living in her Stinson Beach cabin, which she would later buy in 1969, she met a young carpenter looking for work. He maintained her cabin, and throughout the years they developed a close relationship. They eventually married in 1989 and lived together for 26 years.

Glenda, being the creative and very old soul she was, had the unique ability to step in and out of many different circles. Glenda also learned to fish and loved it! More than a few times she was “top rod.”

Glenda was extremely generous, and she had many charities she donated to. But above all, her favorite charity was Glide Memorial in San Francisco, Calif.

Glenda had a knack for creativity, problem solving, and interacting positively with everyone she met; whether they were old close friends or newly met. She was a kind, gentle, tolerant, adventurous, loyal, fair, and loving spirit.

She will be greatly missed by the many who knew her and the ones who did not.

She is survived by her husband James Ellis, her sister and brother-in-law Lildra and Rick Rowland; her nieces and nephews: Roxanne Smith, Rick Rowland Jr., Randi Nichols, Rodney Rowland, Bill Ellis, Steve Ellis; and great nieces and nephews: Lily Fife, Katrina Bethards, Francis Meek, Juliana Karras-Jean Gilles, Trevor Rowland, Anjelica Karras, Esther Nichols, Meghan Rowland, Lane Rowland, Weston Rowland, Harley Rowland, Nathan Ellis.

She is also survived by her lifelong friend and business partner, Terry Brumbaugh, and a multitude of close friends, past and present employees, past and present clients and many loyal business associates throughout many years, all of whom loved and admired Glenda.

And many others too numerous to include in one article. All were blessed to be touched by Glenda’s generous spirit. She will be missed immensely.

About Union Street Goldsmith:
Glenda Queen, with a background in arts and crafts, entered the jewelry business in 1964. After 11 years of making jewelry at McLeans in Sausalito, she and her partner, Terry Brumbaugh, opened Union Street Goldsmith. Queen chose a neighborhood she hoped would be a comfortable setting for her craftsmen as well as her clients and it worked. Brumbaugh, raised in the jewelry business, later became a gemologist. After an extensive period of travel, he joined with Queen to head up the Union Street Goldsmith sales staff. Brumbaugh has a rare gift in his memory of clients’ collections, enabling him to design new pieces to fit his clients' special tastes and their collections. An excellent sense of style and fashion endows Brumbaugh with the ability to give valuable guidance to his clients in their jewelry selection, helping each one to create an overall special look within their collection.

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Summer Anderson
Visit website