Gene G. Green, 83

Homemaker and volunteer

August 06, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Gene G. Green, a homemaker and former longtime Roland Park resident, died July 29 of Alzheimer's disease at the Blakehurst retirement community. She was 83.

Gene Marie Gillis was born in Baltimore and raised in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Baltimore County.

She was a 1943 graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1947.

She worked selling appliances at the old Hutzler's department store on Howard Street, and for General Electric, before starting a family.

In 1958, she married Frederick John Green Jr., an attorney and partner in a Baltimore law firm. He died in 1988.

Mrs. Green was a volunteer and supporter of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

"She got the nickname of 'Mean Gene' from 'Mean Gene the Dancing Machine,' from the old Gong Show," said her son, Gillis Green of Baltimore.

"She had a keen sense of humor and could always be counted on for lending a passionate ear and thoughtful pieces of advice," her son said. "She will be remembered for her contagious smile and for having a bit of the devil in her."

Mrs. Green was an accomplished gardener and was especially proud of her bonsai garden.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 5800 Smith Ave., Mount Washington, where a memorial Mass will be offered at 3 p.m. Aug. 18.

Also surviving are a daughter, Regina Green Rule of Manhasset, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

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