Fern M. Green (sponsored obituary)
Fern M. Green
Fern passed away at a local medical facility at
8 a.m. on Sunday, July 13,
2008. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Gerald (Gerry).
Fern was born in Moberly, Mo. on August 14, 1918. Her family moved to a farm
near Thomas Hill, Mo. where she grew up. She attended a one-room school
through the eighth grade and then attended Thomas Hill High School where she
rode the six miles to school every day on horseback.
She graduated from high school in 1935 and in September enrolled in Moberly
Junior College in Moberly, Mo. While there, she was editor of the college
yearbook and active in the college honor society. She graduated as
valedictorian of her class. In the fall of 1937 she enrolled in the
University of Missouri at Columbia, Mo. majoring in physics, math and
She graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. After
graduation, she taught math and physics at the Higgonsville, Mo. high school
near Kansas City.
In June 1941, she married Gerald Green and left for Philadelphia, Pa. where
her husband had accepted a job with the General Electric Co. as an
In August of that year, they were transferred to Schenectady, New York. Soon
after, Fern went to work for G.E. on a secret (at that time) project known
as RADAR. At the end of World War II, she resigned from G.E. and became a
As her husband was transferred, she moved from Schenectady to San Jose,
Calif, then San Mateo, Calif. and Ft. Wayne, Ind. On retiring in 1978, she
moved to Nevada City where she and her husband built their home on Burjer
Road. She lived there for 30 years. She enjoyed traveling. During the years
since retiring, she and her husband have traveled to every continent. The
last trip was to Antarctica.
Fern has always been active in the Methodist Church wherever she lived,
holding many different jobs. She was active with her husband in the
restoration of the
Methodist Church at the top of Broad Street in Nevada
City. She served in many positions of leadership. In 2007, she and her
husband were awarded the Bishop’s award for outstanding service to the
Since living in Fort Wayne, she was a member of PEO, an organization
supporting women seeking higher education. She served in many positions,
including twice as president.
A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church on Broad Street,
Nevada City at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, 2008. Memorial gifts may be
send to the Methodist Church or to PEO at 14248 Sun Forest Dr., Penn Valley,
Attn: Evelyn Krein.
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