Ellen Jewel Green was born on March 21, 1925 in Meadow Texas to Jack and Annie Longley. On March 21, 2019, her 94th birthday, she left her earthly body and went to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where there was much joy and celebration as she reunited with family and friends in her new body and her new, eternal home.
Ellen was always organized and thorough, and had a strong work ethic. For example, in high school, through hard work and focus she not only excelled academically, but also on the basketball court, where she was a member of the Meadow High School Girls Basketball team. She particularly enjoyed mathematics, which helped her future career choice as a bookkeeper for Ballew Distributing and for Bell Gas, where she ultimately retired, only to be called back out of retirement in her 70’s to help for an additional 5 years.
Ellen, who family and friends knew as “Tootsie”, was a devout Christian who supported many local churches and ministries. She studied the Bible daily, and was an avid reader. In her younger years she and her husband Loyd were extremely involved in First Assembly of God Church, and in later years she spent much time watching Christian TV.
Tootsie epitomized the Proverbs 31 woman. She was proud of her family, and made them feel loved and special. Her deepest desire was that each and every person, but particularly, each member of her family would accept Christ as their Savior, to ensure their lives on earth would be blessed and that the family would be intact eternally.
The walls of her home were covered with pictures of family and friends, and shelves and tabletops were covered with knick-knacks given to her by family members over the years. She treasured those items, because they represented a connection to those family members. She loved getting and giving gifts and was always excited to see the drawings of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, treasuring those simple etchings as if they were the Mona Lisa!
Tootsie loved family get-togethers, where she played with the children, sometimes pulling the smaller ones around in a little red wagon. She took pride in her yard, and filled it with garden gnomes, ladybugs, fountains and tea tables so it was a sanctuary for all who came.
Tootsie enjoyed doing handwork such as crocheting and knitting. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and worked at least one crossword puzzle each day. She loved playing board and card games, and always started a puzzle for Christmas, so family members who visited could help put the puzzle together. She and Loyd regularly watched Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy and she enjoyed those moments when she was able to guess the puzzle or question before the players!
Tootsie was patriotic, loved her country, and believed in supporting and praying for the leaders of our country, regardless of political party. She was a staunch supporter of Israel, and prayed for the peace and protection of Jerusalem.
Tootsie loved to travel. Some of her favorite travel memories were of time spent with her daughter Jackie and grandson Nelson and family in Hawaii and a vacation with Jackie and granddaughter Dana to Cape Cod. Her travels did not need to be elaborate, however, and some of her best times were when she and Loyd would camp with Jimmy and Eileen Collins at their friends Pat and Doris Bowen’s ranch in Nogal.
She found great satisfaction and joy in everyday life. She would admire a sunrise or sunset, and she loved to have coffee at Whataburger with friends, where she would laugh easily and often. At home, she always had ginger snaps and mints on hand, and her pistachio salad was legendary!
Tootsie was no stranger to the heartache and pain of this existence, having lived through the Depression and experiencing the Dust Bowl days. As a child, she had her little sister and a brother die suddenly. Then, as a young wife, giving birth to a beautiful daughter, only to lose her after 18 days. Her first husband, Carl Turner, died much too soon. However, she also knew this existence had much love and beauty. When she met and then married Loyd Green, she was able to experience the love and kindness that he freely gave, and the love of his family who became her family. Her children became his children, and his children became hers. The two families melded together in a truly special way, and there was harmony and peace in her life as a result. Tootsie understood that although we can’t fully comprehend why things occur as they do, that God will give us the grace and strength to make a way through the things we encounter in this existence. She had a small sign hanging in her living room that stated this philosophy simply: Life is how you handle Plan B.
Tootsie was preceded in death by both Carl Turner and Loyd Green, her daughters baby Jan, Jill O’Neal and Wanda Pack, son Marshall and grandson Gary Pack. She is survived by her brother Joe Longley and his wife Chan, her daughter Jackie Waggoner and husband Terry, her son Jack Green and wife Mary, her grandchildren Dana Dunlap and husband Larry, Patrick O’Neal, Nelson Broughton and wife Katherine , Chris Waggoner, Twyla Pack, Gary Pack’s wife Nance, David Pack and wife Stephanie, Marsha Green, Mark Green and wife LaVonne, Brent Green and wife Sally, Maelisa Rydholm, Micah Green and wife Isabel, Chris Green and wife Suzanne, Jamie Green and wife Shannon, and many, many great and great-great grandchildren.
A memorial will be held in her honor at 9:30am April 6th, 2019 at New Mexico Military Institute Chapel, Chris Lethgo officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to Harvest Ministries, P.O. Box 3993, Roswell NM 88202, to help the less fortunate in our community.