Reta Maude Wilkerson Green entered her long-awaited heavenly home in the early hours of Saturday, August 8, 2015 just one week shy of reaching her 97th birthday. One of 7 children, Reta was born in Fannin County, Texas, on August 14, 1918, at the end of WWI, to parents William Lee Wilkerson and Maude Grace Alexander Wilkerson. Her early life was mostly consigned to the many chores of rural living and going to school. At the age of 16, she married the charming Henry Melton “Red” Green, 7 years her senior and whom she often referred to as her “rock”. Together they shared 71 years of marriage weathering the storms of life until his passing in 2005. For most of her life, Reta was a homemaker. Years were spent taking care of home, husband, children and all the barnyard animals necessary for maintaining rural life plus raising and picking cotton. One incident which stands out is when Reta took her 5 children to the cotton patch to work. Each child picked cotton along-side their mother until sacks were full all the while baby “Niece” lay asleep on the sack of cotton while Reta pulled it. Years later, when Red retired, they took up farming. She and Red worked large vegetable and fruit gardens and spent most every summer harvesting their crops and canning to provide for the winter months. Reta was known for her home cooking. No one surpassed her cream corn, candied yams, dill pickles, chow-chow, yeast rolls and desserts – all from scratch. At the invitation of a friend to a local revival, Reta came to know Jesus in her early 20’s. Her life profoundly changed from that moment for the remainder of her long life. The relationship with her beloved Savior would continue to deepen and be her dearest Friend and sustaining Strength through life. She attended church every chance she could and taught an adult Bible class. Her passions were 3-fold: Jesus, the Bible and her family. She loved the Word of God and literally consumed it in concert with a deep Holy Spirit – filled intercessory prayer life. Reta birthed 6 beautiful children, Warren Lewis, Jimmie Loran, Joan Avoy, Dennis Harold, Carolyn Anniece and David Allen Green. A natural at teaching, she taught her children to draw, read, write, garden, cook but most importantly to know her Savior. Though shy, she was motivated by her desire to share the love of Jesus with everyone she met. Having an unfulfilled desire to be a missionary to Mexico, she possessed a deep love for missions; thus the family’s request in lieu of flowers to make contributions to:
El Arado Guatamala Mission Fund
c/o Calvary Baptist Church
401 W. Church Street
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Reta’s most recent years were spent at Keith Heights – an Assisted Living Residential Care Home where she made many friends, taught the staff how to properly make oatmeal the “Mom Mom” way, was often the domino playing champion, walked often nearly a mile a day with her “pedometer-ized” walker, daily reading the Word, sharing Jesus with everyone and was truly loved by all staff members.
Reta Green is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Melton “Red” Green, son Warren Lewis Green, daughter Carolyn Anniece Strange, two grandsons Michael Green and Tony Green and one granddaughter Deborah LaFavers. She is survived by 4 children: son Jimmie and wife Twila Green, daughter Joan and husband Danny Hays, son Dennis Green, and son David and wife Terri Green. Also, daughter-in-law Donna Green and son-in-law Jimmy Strange, 16 grand-children, 25 great- grand-children and 5 great-great-grand-children.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Grand Prairie. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time. There will be a graveside service at 3:00 p.m. at Memoryland Memorial Park in Greenville, Texas.
The family of Reta Green extends their heart-felt gratitude to those who diligently and lovingly cared for her in her last years: Caregivers at Keith Heights / PBH RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES – Emiliy Nicod, Kristi Salinas, Alisha Jernigan, Stephanie Jones, Ashley Contreras and the Heart to Heart Hospice Caregiving Staff.
All the pall-bearers are grand-sons and great-grand sons who consider it a privilege to carry their precious “Mom Mom” to her final resting place.
After living nearly a century of life, Reta Green leaves a purposeful lasting and beautiful legacy.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed” . . . “a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised” . . . “let her own works praise her in the gates.” – Proverbs 3: 28, 30, 31