Joan Marie Green, 81, nurse worked 2 decades at GBMC


Joan "Joanne" Marie Green, a retired nurse and golf and cooking enthusiast, died of pneumonia Friday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident was 81.

She began her career as a nurse in 1964 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. During her two decades at the hospital, she was known for helping out her co-workers, including volunteering to work holidays so her colleagues could spend time with their families.

"It was exceptionally unselfish," said her daughter, Paula Records of Timonium. "It was just what she did because it was the right thing to do."

Mrs. Green retired from the hospital in the mid-1980s.

Joan Clark was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated from a nursing school in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1946.

During her freshman year in nursing school, a priest suggested that she go on a blind date with Paul Green, a freshman at Niagara University.

The two married a year after she graduated from nursing school in August 1947.

"She was not too outgoing, and kind of reserved, but once people got to know her they worshiped her," her husband said.

In the early 1950s, Mr. and Mrs. Green moved to Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood, where they raised a family.

In 1972, their daughter Deborah Ann Green died in a car accident. Green remained "strong-willed" after the accident, and the couple eventually viewed their daughter's death as a "blessing" because she died without suffering, Mr. Green said.

Soon after her retirement, the couple moved to Ormond Beach, Fla., and lived in Ocean City during the summer. During this time, Mr. and Mrs. Green began to travel extensively. The couple took cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska and visited much of Europe.

Jacqueline Bailey of Towson said she had known Mrs. Green for more than three decades. She said she loved Mrs. Green's gourmet cooking, especially her famous crab cakes and bourbon cakes.

Mrs. Green regularly had her television set tuned to cooking shows in hopes of learning a new recipe. She also enjoyed watching game shows and golf.

During commercials of her favorite shows - including Magnum, PI; Wheel Of Fortune; and Jeopardy! - Mrs. Green always kept a book or cooking magazine by her side, her daughter said.

Although she never played a full round of golf, Mrs. Green was an avid fan of the sport, kept close watch on many professional golfers, and watched golf tournaments almost every Sunday. Although she rarely cried, Mrs. Green couldn't fight back tears when her favorite professional golfer, John Daly, recently won a major golf tournament, her daughter said.

A longtime member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Govans, she was a member of the Mother's Club and bowling team. Services will be held 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Towson.

Other survivors include two brothers, John Clark of Alaska and Bruce Clark of Wheatfield, N.Y.; a sister, Mary Ellen Aldridge of Buffalo, N.Y.; a son, James Joseph Green of Virginia Beach, Va.; and four grandchildren.

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