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Mrs. Susan W. Greene
Memorial read at meeting of Newport W.C.T. U. June 9, 1903 [Women's Christian Temperance Union]
Susan Williams Greene, wife of William H. Greene was born in
March 22, 1822;
died in Pueblo, Colorado, May 25, 1903, in her eighty-second year.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century an octogenarian
lived under about the same conditions that existed in his youth. In domestic
life, in manufacture, in methods of travel and communication, there were in use
the same primitive means that had existed a thousand years before, and time
gave practice and experience along the line of his early training; but one
rounding out his four score years at the close of the nineteenth century is
often reminded that "the older order change, yielding place to new."
The greatest changes of any period in the world's history
have occurred within his recollection. He has seen a very large proportion of
all the progress in civilization made by the race. Those acquainted with Mrs.
Greene know well her life spanned this great chasm of change. Fulton's steamboat had made its trial trip up
the Hudson only
a few years before her birth. There were no ocean steamships, no railroads, no
telegraph, no friction matches. Ohio
was then in the backwoods district of the United States, and its citizens
endured much of hardship and privation. Her early educational advances were
diligently improved by Mrs. Greene, and she became a teacher in early
womanhood. Her "education was never finished” and she continued a student
throughout her long life. After her marriage in 1848, her home was in Newport six years. In
1854, with her three children, she accompanied her invalid husband, in his
quest for health to Iowa,
the then "far west," making the journey by slow stages in a private
conveyance. Years after, she crossed the same prairies and on to the Rockies in an elegant railway carriage, with every modern
convenience and comfort at her service. After her husband's death, in 1856, she
returned to Marietta with a courageous purpose to give her children the best
advantages of education and culture with in her power. In 1865, broken health
compelled her to resign the position she had filled fro eight years as a
teacher in the Marietta
public schools, and from that time her children assumed her support. The death
of her youngest son, Will B. in 1885 was a sorrow whose shadow was never
entirely lifted from her heart.
Order and system were marked traits of character. She could
not do anything in a careless, superficial manner, and always had a plan of
work. She had good, executive ability, and her clear foresight, decision,
energy, industry and economy, all united in that rare gift, good management, in
which she had few equals.
While she was in harmony with the spirit of the new generation,
she cherished early associations. For this reason she kept her church
membership with the Marietta Baptist church - her church home for more than
fifty years - although her residence was in Colorado the last twelve years of her life.
Because of told associations and kindred ties, she had her membership in the
Women's Christian Temperance Union, at Newport.
She was one of the little band of crusaders who inaugurated the greatest reform
movement of Modern times, and her death severs the last link connecting our
union with he crusade. Missionary work and all forms of applied Christianity
received her hearty support.
She was always able to help someone. Her gifts were the
truest index of genuine interest, because they so often involved the personal
effort and time of the donor. Sometimes it was an invitation to an out-of-town
friend to attend a lecture or a meeting of unusual interest, or a birthday, or
a Christmas letter to a shut-in. Frequently it was the passing around of a new
book or late periodicals to those unable to buy them.
To have so well fitted herself for positions of usefulness
from the meager advantage of pioneer life, to have been an inspiration and an
aid to others in an like holy ambition, to have trained her children for
positions of trust and honor,, to have devoted her energies an time to
"things worth while" both for time and eternity are such achievements
as come only of high conceptions of life. "Her own works praise her."