Feb. 8, 1927 - April 16, 2008
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Dorothy Marie (Susa) Green crossed over to eternal life with her savior and Lord on April 16, 2008, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
Born on Feb. 8, 1927, to Gertrude and Frank Susa, Dorothy joined 10 siblings on a small farm in Golva, N.D. With a learned appreciation for family, friends and hard work, Dorothy departed Golva in pursuit of a teaching degree from Eastern Montana College. She successfully achieved her goal at the young age of 17, and then moved to Ashland, Mont., with her good friend, Helen Cain, to begin teaching in a one-room schoolhouse.
Dorothy married Kirk L. Green, the love of her life and son of the school principal, Grace and Clifton Green, in 1951. Dorothy found boundless joy in cultivating both her home garden and the young minds of the first- through eighth-grade school children she taught. She unselfishly applied her nurturing skills in molding her 11 children's lives as well. These children include Kirk E. Green, Donalda Green, Laurita Green, Francie Green, Susan DeDonatis (Vince), Tim Green (Karen), Rod Green (Amy), Shawn Green (Rae Lynn), Ronda Lahey (Nathan), Kim Studiner (Scott) and Cyd Green. Dorothy has 18 grandchildren and many endearing and lifelong friends.
Dorothy lived a life of selfless love and dedication to her family and friends, often serving as nurse, seamstress, chef, master cake decorator and business woman. She was an active participant in the Saint Labre Parish Council and the Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant son and four brothers.
A memorial service will be held at the St. Labre Catholic Church in Ashland, Mont., in early summer when the flowers she so much loved are in full bloom.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 24, 2008