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Newell Hazen Green


08/21/1911 - 08/04/2014 Obituary
Newell was born at Smith River, OR, (now known as Cave Junction) to Raymond Lewis Green and Emma Mae Baine. He was one of eight children, five of whom survived into adulthood. All of his siblings, William, Frieda, Nita and Carroll, preceded him in death. Around 1920 Raymond and Emma divorced and the family was split up, with Newell, Bill and Nita coming to California with their father in a horse drawn wagon while Frieda and the infant Carroll stayed with Emma. Over the subsequent years, Newell would divide his time living with each parent for various periods of time in many different locations in California: Modesto, Fort Bragg, Ventura, Ojai and others. Eventually, Raymond bought a small ranch at Glennville with his second wife, Elizabeth Preston. In the early 1960's Elizabeth died followed shortly thereafter by Emma's husband. The two couples were living side by side in Morro Bay and for Raymond's birthday the next year he asked Emma to remarry him. She accepted and they were remarried after over 40 years of being divorced. This was one of Newell's happiest moments. In 1934 Dad attended a local baseball game in Bakersfield. Also at that game was a beautiful red haired girl named Ruth Winn. Reportedly, Newell flirted with Ruthie (his pet name for her) by throwing peanut shells at her from above in the bleachers. They were married on January 3, 1935 in Bakersfield at the First Christian Church located at 16th and Eye Streets. They attended that church all their lives except for the years they lived in Redding when Newell was transferred with California State Division of Highways (CALTRANS today). Newell worked for the state as a civil engineer for over 30 years. He was retired for much longer than he worked. In 1991, after a brief sojourn to Ventura, CA, where he worked as a construction inspector on a large sanitation project for the City of Santa Barbara, Newell and Ruth moved back to Bakersfield to be near family. Newell is survived by his wife of almost 80 years, Ruth; children Judy Davidson, Janet (Ken) Cejka, Linda Green, and son Kenn. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Jael Kneath, Cindi (Ben) Rawski, Amber Davidson, Julie Nichols, Greg (Sophia) Cejka, and Andie (Chris) Minner; and seven great grandchildren. Newell will always be remembered as a loving, kind-hearted, conscientious man. His primary focus was always his family and he would go to any lengths to see that everyone was happy and comfortable. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the extraordinary nurses and other staff at Hoffmann Hospice for making sure Newell was as comfortable as possible during his last few days. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Mill Creek Christian Church, 1660 S Street, Bakersfield, CA.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 15, 2014
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