Virginia L. Green(1923-2013)

Virginia was born February 11, 1923 to Robert A. Green and Thelma Bennett Green in Helena, Arkansas. Only sibling Robert A. Green, Jr.
Her family moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi where she entered kindergarten in 1928. Virginia enjoyed school there, including violin recitals until 1933. The family relocated to Jonesboro, Arkansas and she continued playing in school bands and on the school basketball teams.
In 1940 she graduated from her dad's hometown high school in Caruthersville, Missouri. She worked at the town newspaper and federal agriculture offices while her brother and friends went off to World War II.
When her family moved to Sikeston, Missouri she worked in a bank until 1948 and then entered Park College in suburban Kansas City, Missouri. She worked in a variety of student industries and when she graduated in 1951 she was invited to remain at Park College running the various "Family Work" programs that employed students running the laundry, greenhouses, snack bar, bowling alleys, bookstore, etc.
Virginia left Park College in 1956 to become director of Parks and recreation in Weiser, Idaho. In 1961 she moved to Stockton, California and worked for the city of Stockton Parks and Recreation Department as director of 3 community centers and 23 after school and summer playgrounds. In 1966 Virginia obtained her teaching credential and enjoyed 15 years teaching the 6th grade in Lodi. She was active officer in the C.T.A. in Lodi, San Joaquin County, and Northern California, and received the Golden Apple Award.
In retirement Virginia resumed tennis and golf activities; joining Oak Park, Swenson, and Van Buskirk Woman's groups. She played golf into her mid 80's and took many golfing trips throughout the U.S. (including Hawaii) and Baja.
Virginia owned homes with her dear friend Marilyn Field, of Lodi for over 50 years and they traveled nationally and internationally. Together they enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity, building homes in Stockton and Lodi; they also did construction and repairs with the Lodi First United Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission (VIM) in California. She is survived by nieces and nephews; her friend Marilyn Field and faithful schnauzer 'Pepper III'.
There will be no services or visitation per the request of Virginia.
Inurnment will be private in the state of Missouri.

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from July 9 to July 16, 2013