Green, Rowena Marian Jones
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Rowena Marian Jones Green known affectionately to her close friends as "Petty" was born in Omaha, Nebraska on July 4, 1919. Rowena was the second of two children born to Orville E and Maude (Davis) Jones. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Claude Green, and her brother Orville Jones Jr. Education was always an important tradition in the Jones household. Both she and her brother attended Howard Kennedy Elementary School followed by Omaha Central High School. Rowena then attended the Omaha University, now know as UNO, graduating in 1937. While at Omaha U. Rowena excelled both academically and athletically. Notably, she helped establish the area's first Black collegiate sorority. She was one of the first seven founding members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She then went to Atlanta University, earning a Masters Degree in Social Work. After working in Chicago for a number of years, she moved to Los Angeles to work for Travelers Aid at Los Angeles International Airport, retiring in 1984. In Los Angeles, Rowena met and married Claude Green. She and her husband Claude were very active in community affairs in the Los Angeles area advocating for the rights of seniors. In their retirement years they enjoyed traveling together, visiting the Middle East, Japan, China and Mexico until Claude's passing in 2008. She moved back to Omaha to be near family in 2010 residing in Immanuel Village Retirement Community. Until overcome by ill health, she enjoyed reading, playing bridge, outings to local casinos, and visiting with family. Health issues forced her to move to Hillcrest Country Estates in 2012 where she passed peacefully from this world on February 10, 2013. Rowena is survived by her cousin and sorority sister Juanita Moore of Omaha, NE; nephew Orville Jones of Lincoln, NE as well as his sister Stephanie Davis of Omaha who lovingly took care of many of Rowena's special needs; a second cousin, Janet Partridge of Omaha, to whom Rowena's family will be forever indebted and Janet's husband Bobby: loving sister-in-law Agnes Honeycutt of Omaha as well as numerous other cousins, family, friends and caregivers. She will be greatly missed by all those who've come to know and love her.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be Monday, February 18, at 11am Thomas Funeral Home, 3920 N. 24th St. VIEWING Sunday, February 17, from 6pm to 8pm. Thomas Funeral Home. Internment at Forrest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials to the Hope Lutheran Church, 2723 N. 30th St. Omaha, NE. 68111.
Published in Omaha World-Herald from February 16 to February 17, 2013