|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1933|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 2011|
Mary Lou Green, 78, of Columbus, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Morys Haven in Columbus.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 3921 20th St., in Columbus, with the Rev. Joseph A. Miksch officiating. Interment will be in the Ss. Patrick/Joseph Cemetery in Platte Center.
Visitation will be Wednesday at St. Isidore Catholic Church following the 4 p.m. Catholic Daughters of America rosary with a 7 p.m. vigil. Visitation continues 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Mary Lou was born and raised in Lincoln, the child of Charles Terence and Emma (Kenney) McManus. She attended the College of St. Mary, Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received her bachelor's degree in education. In 1953, she began teaching at Margaret Mary Grade School in Omaha.
On June 28, 1958, she was united in marriage to Donald Bud L. Green. She moved to Columbus with her husband and began teaching at St. Bonaventure Grade School. From 1959-63, she taught at St. Anthony Grade School in Columbus. From 1964-2009, she taught at St. Isidore Grade School in Columbus. She was one of the first teachers (and the only lay teacher) at St. Isidore.
Mary Lou was very active in having her students participating in National History Day and National Energy Educational Development (NEED). Mary Lou entered into their first History Day competition in 1981. Mary Lou's students won state competitions and qualified for Washington D.C. competitions for both History Day and Need consecutively from 1984-2009. For most of those years, St. Isidore either received an Excellent, Superior, and in many instances placed 10th or higher in the country.
Some of Mary Lou's awards and accomplishments include:
1987—One of 13 Nebraska Teachers honored as finalists in the Christa McAuliffe Prize Competition.
1987—Received the Outstanding Alumna Award from the College of St. Mary's.
1991—Recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha.
1992—Honored with the Athena Award by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.
1992—Honored with the Nebraska Teacher of Merit award by the National History Day Organization.
2003—Awarded the National Distinguished Service Award by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) for its most dedicated teacher.
2011—James C. Olson Memorial Award.
Mary Lou was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church. She was active in Catholic Daughters and St. Isidore Christian Mothers. She was an avid bridge player and Nebraska football fan.
She is survived by her son, Don (Val) Green, of Nebraska City; daughter, Maralee (Steve) O'Neill, of Norfolk; son, Terry (Mary Pat) Green, of Victoria, Minn.; daughter, Emily Green, of Columbus; grandchildren, Alyssa, Nicole, Ashley, Lindsay, and Makenzie, (children of Don and Val), and William, Matthew, Thomas, and Margaret, (children of Terry and Mary Pat); brother, Robert (Grace) McManus, of Lincoln; brother, James (Sherry) McManus, of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Donna Connelly, of Spalding; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Green, in 1999; parents, Charles and Emma McManus; and niece, Karen Meyer.
Memorials are suggested to St. Isidore Church.
From the Columbus, NE. Telegram Newspaper:
Throughout Mary Lou Green's long educational career, she was honored with multiple awards. The 78-year-old, long-time teacher at St. Isidore Catholic School passed away Christmas Day.
From being designated as the outstanding alumna from the College of St. Mary's, to being named a top teacher in the state through the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha, Green earned accolades for her years spent in the classroom.
But Green wasn't focused on lining her shelves with awards or self-promotion. She centered her life on educating children. Hundreds of students were benefactors of Green's passion for teaching.
"She was very dedicated to the success of all her students. She loved the school with all her heart," said fellow teacher, Colleen Belitz.
She has taught at the school for 23 years and said when she first started her career, Green was someone she turned to with her questions.
"She was great to go to for advice. She was just very full of energy," Belitz said.
Green, a Lincoln native, attended the College of St. Mary Creighton University and earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
After a brief time teaching at Margaret Mary Grade School in Omaha, she moved to Columbus with her husband, Donald Bud L. Green, and taught at St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School.
In 1964, she became one of the first teachers, and the only lay teacher, at the new St. Isidore school. She spent the next 45 years there and retired in 2009.
Teacher Kristi Bruns worked 24 years at St. Isidore with Green, and said Green taught through example.
"She was extremely dedicated. She put her whole heart and soul into teaching. Her life was her students. She loved watching them succeed. She had compassion for kids, not just in education, but for them as people," Bruns said.
One of the programs Green initiated at St. Isidore in 1981 was History Day. Many of her students over the years won state competitions and qualified for nationals through the program.
Doug Pauley and his wife, Joan, helped take over History Day after Green retired. All four of his children participated in the program. Pauley said Green was happy with the accomplishments of her students, but was more proud of what they learned and how they grew through the competitions.
"She taught them about responsibility, how to be dependable and about faith. She taught them that if you worked hard and believed in yourself, you could accomplish great things," Pauley said.
For her work with the program, she was given the Nebraska Teacher of Merit award by the National History Day Organization in 1992.
Green also encouraged students to participate in the National Energy Educational Development (NEED) program. She received the National Distinguished Service Award in 2003 by NEED for being a dedicated teacher.
Another honor given to her in 1992 was the Athena Award by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The recognition is given to a woman for her accomplishments in her profession and in the community.
Donald Leslie Green (1933 - 1999)
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