Anna Green

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Green, Anna Vallevik

Anna Vallevik Green, passed away at her Corrales home, two days short of her 99th birthday sitting on her porch in her beloved New Mexico sunshine on Monday morning, February 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Root Green, her daughter, Mary Alice Green DeMar and all seven siblings.

She is survived by her son, John Vallevik Green of Nessoden Norway and her daughter Jane Green of Corrales, New Mexico, and five grandchildren. Jane was at Anna's side when she died.

Anna was a first generation Norwegian-American, born February 22, 1918 in Williston, North Dakota to Maria and Hansten Vallevik who immigrated to North Dakota from Norway in 1906 to become homestead wheat farmers.

Anna came to Albuquerque in the 1937 to be with her sister Alvhild who had gone to New Mexico with 3 older sisters who had died in Albuquerque from tuberculosis (1932 and 1936). She said she got off the bus and walked straight to UNM and enrolled. She got a Bachelor degree in 1941, and then went to Mills College in California, on a full scholarship, where she earned a Master degree in chemistry/Food technology. She went back to New Mexico to work for the Chemistry Department at UNM, later she went to University of California, Berkeley for post graduate work, she returned to UNM in the fall of 1950 where she met her husband, John, a professor of Physics. Together they built their home by hand in Corrales where they raised three children, alfalfa, chickens, peacocks, cows, horses, cats, dogs and the roof with the Scandinavian Club Folk Dancers. They both loved travel and went on 3 year-long Fulbright missions to Norway, Syria and Jordan.

Anna was a teacher by profession and avocation. She loved teaching anyone she could get a hold of to cook, sew, knit, milk a cow, churn butter, garden, play piano and bridge, and many other skills. She was a patron of the arts, and introduced many neighborhood children to opera, plays, symphonies and ballet. She loved KHFM local classical music station, sang in church and opera choirs, volunteered with the League of Women Voters, supported planned parenthood and sex education and was a life long practicing environmentalist.

The family is going to hold a memorial service in North Dakota during a Vallevik family reunion.

She will be greatly missed.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 26, 2017