Martha V. Green, 80

Telephone operator

December 01, 2006

Martha V. Green, a retired telephone operator and day care worker, died of heart failure Nov. 24 at Franklin Square Medical Center. She was 80.

The former Martha Virginia McDaniel was born in Baltimore and raised in Essex, Overlea and Towson, where she was a 1944 graduate of the old Carver High School.

She worked as a dietitian in New York City in the late 1940s, and after returning to Baltimore, worked at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. From 1968 until retiring in 1990, she was a long-distance operator for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. and successor company Bell Atlantic-Maryland.

During the 1990s, she worked for five years at First Baptist Church of Back River's Hopewell Day Care Center.

"She was always active in her community. She was a very loving and compassionate person who reached out to everyone with care and concern," said a daughter, Sharon Green Middleton of Mount Washington.

She and her husband of 46 years, Kennedy Carl Green, a steelworker who died in 1994, built their home on Hopewell Avenue in Essex. "She called it Martha's Villa and lived there for 57 years until her death," Mrs. Middleton said.

She was a member of the Champagnettes social group in Turners Station.

Services were held yesterday at First Baptist, where Mrs. Green was a member.

Also surviving are two other daughters, Rhonda Green Grandy of Northwood and Sonya Green Francis of Essex; five sisters, Dorothy Maith of Overlea, Aramenta Cooper and Faye Burnett, both of Baltimore, Gloria Cary of Columbia and Marion Jackson of New York City; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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