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Mary Lois Martin Greene, 97, of Boalsburg, Pa., formerly of 3125 Old Pittsburgh Road, New Castle, Pa., passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, Pa.
Mrs. Greene was born Nov. 6, 1919, in Leetsdale, Pa., a daughter of the late Frederick L. and Ora P. Martin. An Amway distributor for more than 50 years, Mary was also employed by the Bell Telephone Co. and later owned and operated Shenango Kindergarten in her residence for nine years.
She was a charter member of the Independent Methodist Church, New Castle, Pa., where she served on numerous committees. Mary was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, vice president of the PTA and chairwoman of American Field Service. She was instrumental in the organization and founding of the former Shenango Township Progressive Council and volunteered at the Shenango Girl Scouts, where she served on the board of directors. Mary was also a member of the Lawrence County Historical Society, the Crescent-Shousetown Area Historical Society and was a past president of P.S.P.E. Auxiliary of the Midwestern Chapter. She was active in the Garden Club, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and co-founded the former Ladies Auxiliary B.P.O.E. 69. Her first husband, Robert R. Greene, whom she married July 17, 1943, passed away in September 1996. Her second husband, Jack L. Kelly, whom she married Feb. 24, 2002, passed away in July 2011. Mary is survived by six daughters, Roberta G. Macler and her husband Peter, of Canyon Lake, Texas; Carol L. Cherby and her husband, Anthony, of Mays Landing, N.J., Lois K. Greene-Sellers, Bette L. Abrams and her husband, Bruce, of Guilford, Vt., Pamela A. Greene of New Castle and Patrice E. Greene and her husband, Dave Hoover, of Monterey, Tenn.; one son, Robert R. Greene Jr. of Madison, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, Mary was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred L. Martin Jr., Charles B. Martin and William L. Martin.
There will be no calling hours. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com. There will be no funeral service. Interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Rochester, Pa.
Arrangements by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Published on April 14, 2017
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