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Gerda Beyer Greene Obituary
March 3, 1919 ~ September 17, 2011
Gerda Marie Beyer Greene was born in New York City on March 3, 1919, the daughter of Henry Beyer, a Danish sea captain, and Asta Josephine Beyer, a Norwegian home economist. Gerda passed away peacefully on September 17, 2011 surrounded by family.
Gerda was raised in Copenhagen, Denmark where she converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a teenager along with her mother and brother. In 1939, she left Denmark to come to America where she settled in San Francisco. In 1944, Gerda met and married D. Forrest Greene, a handsome naval officer from Salt Lake City. Together, Gerda and Forrest started D.F.Greene and Co., an investment firm, and raised five children. Gerda supported Forrest in many demanding professional and religious activities, shouldering much of the load of caring for their home and children.
She loved caring for her home and was known for her wonderful cooking and supremely clean home. She loved beauty whether at the symphony or ballet or her favorite Tropicana roses. Mom was very proud of her Danish heritage which could be seen throughout her home.
"Mor Mor" loved children, and dearly loved and spoiled her grandchildren. She had a firm and resolute faith, and a strong sense of right and wrong. She was a true matriarch of the family and will be deeply missed.
Gerda was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Laila, and brother Knud. She is survived by five children: Susan Parkinson (James) of Bermuda Dunes, CA; Randi Greene of Salt Lake City, UT; Enid Mickelsen (Scott) of Draper, UT; Gloria Pitt (Richard) of Salt Lake City, UT; David Greene (Jing Mei) of Las Vegas, NV; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
At Mom's express, often-repeated direction, there will be no funeral services but a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.garnerfuneral.com
The family wishes to thank Silverado Hospice and the many people who helped care for Mom this past year, with special thanks to Keri Wright, Dauna Bates, Angie Pollock and Aimee Sheppick for their love and compassion.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2011
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