Mary Jane Green

  • Birth 15 Aug 1922
  • Death 6 Sep 2007
  • Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 29334532

Mary Jane Green passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1922, in Karnes County, Texas, to Alma and Fritz Lange.

Mary Jane was a creative and passionate woman, who loved, and was loved deeply by her family and friends.

She grew up on a small farm and was the last of nine brothers and sisters who included Minnie, Charlie, Bertha, Ernst, August, Elise, Ella, and Alfred. As a child, she and her brothers and sisters worked hard to please their demanding father, picking cotton for 5 cents per 100-lb bag to pay for school supplies and clothes.

In 1938, Mary Jane moved to San Antonio. She worked for the Alamo National Bank for six years and for the Federal Reserve Bank (where she was chief operator of the IBM machines) for another six years. Mary Jane met her future husband, Leo R. Green, on a train trip to New York City in June of 1950. They were married on Aug. 11, 1951, at the WAF Chapel at Lackland Air Force Base. She and Leo lived in San Antonio and had four children, twins — Leo Blaine (born 1953, died 1978) and Wayne (stillborn), Mary Lynn (born 1954), and Jeanette Kay (born 1956).

Mary Jane was a devoted mother who dedicated her life to her family and home. She could always make something beautiful out of nothing. Her artistic talents were reflected in everything she did. She learned millinery and made her own hats. She designed and sewed most of her own clothes and those worn by her children, and she arranged flowers from her backyard garden. She had an innate ability to put colors and shapes together and capture beauty from the world around her.

In 1971, Mary Jane began art lessons focusing on oil painting. Her artistic abilities developed rapidly and by 1977, she began teaching oil painting to senior citizens through continuing education at San Antonio College and the AARP. She enjoyed sharing herself and her artistic talents with her students (numbering over 100) and was greatly loved by them. She taught art classes until 1995. Mary Jane painted a variety of subject matter but will be most remembered for her South Texas landscapes with blue bonnets, Indian paintbrush, and live oak trees (often reminiscent of the location where she grew up).

She was a member of the Trinity Art League. She displayed her work at many art shows around the San Antonio area as well as in the homes of many family members and friends. During the last years of her life, Mary Jane suffered from micro vascular dementia and was lovingly cared for by her husband of 56 years.

Her beloved sons precede Mary Jane in death.

She is survived by her husband, her older daughter, Mary Wilson Green and husband Michael Wilson; younger daughter, Jeanette Stehr-Green and her husband Paul Stehr-Green; her grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth Wilson and William Blaine Wilson; her sister, Elise Fenner; and her much-loved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Merrill Gardens for the loving care of their wife and mother over the last six months, in particular, Trish Ramey — a devoted nurse who was always there for us, no matter the day or time. Also, we will be forever grateful for the staff of the VITAS Hospice team for their round-the-clock care during the last two weeks of Mary Jane's life.

Mary Jane loved flowers, but if a friend or family would like, donations may be made in Mary Jane's honor to the Salvation Army, 1324 S. Flores, San Antonio, TX, 78204. (Mary Jane and her daughters and close friends loved shopping at the Salvations Army thrift stores for good deals!)


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  • Created by: West Texas Angel "Lisa"
  • Added: 26 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29334532
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Jane Green (15 Aug 1922–6 Sep 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29334532, citing Mission Burial Park North, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by West Texas Angel "Lisa" (contributor 46987921) .