Therese Mary Bernadette Green, 52, medical assistant in Timonium

April 07, 2003|By Lane Harvey Brown | Lane Harvey Brown,SUN STAFF

Therese Mary Bernadette Green, a Lutherville medical assistant and native of Northern Ireland who moved to the United States in the 1970s, died of undetermined causes Wednesday evening after she collapsed while running errands. She was 52.

Mrs. Green, a resident of the Hillside community since 1991, was known to friends and family as a person to count on in times of need. "She was a light in people's lives," said neighbor Jim Gibbs. "You don't meet a lot of people in your life who care that much about others."

Whether the community was celebrating a birth or mourning a death, Mrs. Green was "one of the first to reach out to congratulate, or to console," Mr. Gibbs said. He said homes, lampposts and mailboxes in the community are draped with green ribbons in honor of Mrs. Green's life.

Born Therese McCoey in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she graduated from St. Louise's High School and attended the Royal Belfast City Hospital School of Nursing. She started student nursing after her mother died in 1969, then left school after three years when her father became ill. He died in 1973.

She and her husband, Michael Green, also of Belfast, met there and married in 1975. She worked for several years for the British Inland Revenue Service in Essex, England, before moving to Crown Point, Ind., in 1979. There, Mrs. Green was an avid bridge player and she perfected her chip shot on the community golf course.

After about nine years in Indiana, the family moved to Princeton, N.J.

In Lutherville, Mrs. Green was active in the Hillside Community Gourmet Dinner Club and was a strong supporter of Baltimore County public schools. She was thinking about starting a bridge club, friends said.

Mrs. Green returned to the medical field in 1998, working as a medical assistant for Dr. Weerasak Lima of Timonium.

In addition to gardening and decorating, she enjoyed traveling, especially to the Maryland shore, the California coast and Europe. She was also a sports enthusiast and enjoyed golf, racquetball and bowling.

Mrs. Green was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church on Church Lane in Texas, where a funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Green is survived by two daughters, Nicola Green of Alexandria, Va., and Joanne Green of Towson; and a son, Michael Green of Lutherville.

Donations may be made to the Loyola College Varsity Crew, 4501 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.

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