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Catherine Glenn, 82, was found dead inside her home on Mother's Day. (Family Photo)

Catherine Glenn, 82, was found dead inside her home on Mother’s Day. (Family Photo)

CHICAGO (CBS) – An elderly woman was beaten to death inside her South Shore home, and one of her daughters found her body on Mother’s Day.

CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports police have been questioning a relative in the death of 82-year-old Catherine Glenn, of the 7800 block of South Euclid Avenue.

Glenn was found dead inside a closet of her home around 7:40 a.m. Sunday. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said there were signs of trauma, but an official cause of death would not be determined until an autopsy is conducted on Monday.

Glenn lived in the South Shore neighborhood with two of her daughters. She had seven children in all.

Police said they were questioning a person of interest in the case, and sources said that person is related to the victim.

It was difficult for her family to deal with Glenn’s death on a day when families celebrate their mothers.

“I can say this is the worst Mother’s Day ever,” said Glenn’s daughter, Cathy.

Cathy was the one who found her mother’s body. She said it appeared her mom had been bludgeoned to death.

Cathy Glenn didn’t want to identify the person being questioned by police, or speculate why her mother might have been killed in what police were calling a domestic-related death.

What she did want to do was pay tribute to her mother, who had just turned 82 on Saturday.

“She was the most beautiful lady inside and out. She was a wonderful Christian lady, she would help anyone in need,” said Glenn’s daughter, Cathy. “Mom, I love you, I will always love you, and this is very hard, but I’m going to do everything you taught me and try my best to be strong.”

Catherine Glenn’s youngest daughter, Glynnis, also wanted to honor her mother on what should have been her day.

“This is very devastating, but to lose a mom, and for the lord to gain an angel, and for an angel to be called up in the heavens, and it’s a homegoing celebration, and something that she lived her life knowing that there would be a beautiful afterlife, I think, is something special,” Glynnis Glenn said. “She gave me the gift of life, so I think it’s my job to honor her wishes and carry on living life in a beautiful and loving way.”

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