Vernon- Joan M. Green, 77, of Silver Lane, a resident of Vernon since 1973 passed away Wednesday evening, October 24, 2018 in the comfort of her home following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
Joan was born in Upland, Pennsylvania on May 16, 1941 the daughter of Earl and Christine (Phipps) Moore. As an infant she lost her father Earl to a tragic industrial accident at the Sun Oil Refinery in Marcus Hook, PA. She was raised in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania by her mother and loving step-father, Thomas Pugh, and graduated from Chichester High School. She went on to earn her B.A. degree in Elementary Education from West Chester (PA) University in 1962.
For the past 42 years she taught first grade at Vernon Elementary School retiring in 2011. Previously she taught at the Westtown-Thornbury School in West Chester, PA where she started her career. Prior to relocating to Vernon, with her husband she resided in Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Faithful in her walk of faith, Joan was a member of Vernon Union Church where she served as pianist. She was a former member of West Brattleboro Baptist Church where she was choir director and played piano during Sunday services.
Since she was a child Joan enjoyed summer vacations with her family in Ocean City, New Jersey and more recently on Martha’s Vineyard. Music was a large part her life and she played with several music groups in PA as well as directing yearly musical performances and shows at Vernon Elementary School. She was especially proud of her three grandchildren, supporting them in all their endeavors.
On August 25, 1962 in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania she was married to John “Fred” Green who predeceased her on August 9, 2011.
Survivors include two sons, John Jr. of Galliano, Louisiana and Thomas of Vernon, three grandchildren, John Green, III and wife Marianne of Las Vegas, Nevada, Alexander Green and his wife Kelsey of Nashua, New Hampshire and Grace Green of Westboro, Massachusetts. Additionally, she leaves her former daughter-in-law, Amy Green of Westboro, MA, one niece, one nephew and four great children.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 A.M. at Vernon Union Church with Pastor Bruce Burks of Vernon Advent Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Green family lot in Tyler Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to Vernon Union Church, P.O. Box 111, Vernon, VT 05354.