Louise J. (Oxe) Greene (1919 - 2010)

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Louise J. (Oxe) Greene was born on April 13, 1919, in St. Paul, Minn., to Edward J. and Bessie Fuller Oxe. She was the beloved wife of Charlie Greene and loving mother of Sheryn Hara and Gayle (Steward/Kaiser) (Pat) Astore.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy: Chad (Sarah) Steward, Jennifer (Chris) Hara, Todd Hara and Stephanie Hara; Colter Steward and Dylan Steward. Louise loved spending time with them and sharing their lives.

Life for Louise started out as a 2-pound 2-ounce baby. The cookstove oven was her incubator. She attended schools in St. Paul, Minn., Aurora, Ill., and Great Falls, where she graduated from high school in 1937. In June 1941, she received a degree in business education from Montana State College in Bozeman.

On April Fools Day in 1941, Louise met the love of her life, Charlie Greene. They were married on Dec. 20, 1941, in Dillon. It was forty below zero that day. They spent the next several months at different military posts in Texas, Oregon and Colorado. When Charlie was sent to England during World War II, Louise stayed in Great Falls with her parents and was a substitute teacher around Great Falls, including Stockett, Sand Coulee. She also taught at Clyde Park.

After the war, Louise and Charlie bought a ranch in Augusta, where they lived for 10 years. They then moved their young family to Bozeman, where she worked for MSC while Charlie attended college. There she typed 300 master's theses and doctoral dissertations, sometimes typing all night. She also taped a firefighter manual for her grandson, Todd, who is dyslexic. She taught at Belgrade from 1960-1965, where she was also a pep club sponsor. She has kept in touch with several of her students. She also taught at the Business College and Hellgate High in Missoula.

Louise was an active participant in life. She enjoyed helping others, traveling and being a good friend. What she considered a trip of a lifetime was a 10-week visit to Germany with her cousin. They enjoyed visiting with relatives as well as sightseeing. Louise kept in touch with her friends from grade school and high school. She also enjoyed the companionship of the members of the Fortnightly Book Club. Mental Health of Montana, St. Peter's Hospital and William G. Sternhagen's Law Office benefitted from her assistance as a volunteer. She was a member of the East Helena United Methodist Church.

During her time in the Order of the Eastern Star (55 years), she once served as a Past Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem (25 years), where she once served as a Past Worthy High Priestess of White Shrine. Louise was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile and Grand Secretary for Job's Daughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Henrietta Oxe; and beloved cousins, Carl Oxe and Walt Oxe Jr.

Cousins, Barb and Gene Oxe, survive.

Louise's family would like to thank all the staff of Aspen Gardens and Pastor Dave Grieb. They appreciate the quality care given to her during the last five years. Louise will be missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, Louise requested donations be sent to Algeria Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 1174, Helena, MT 59624; and to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.

The family will receive friends between the hours of 6:30 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Helena. Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Anderson Stevenson Wilke Chapel. Interment will follow in Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.aswfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2010
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