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Catherine Woodbury Stay Green--Memories

Birth: Apr. 18, 1895
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 17, 1977
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

The only Christmas gifts I still have from my childhood are from my Grandma Green. We lived away from her, and every year she would pack a huge box of gifts. I remember that she used popcorn balls as filler, and I suspect that she got boxes larger than she needed so she could send lots of popcorn balls. I know she gave us toys and clothes for Christmas, and of course those are long gone. But I still have the best gifts: photo family groups and photo pedigrees, lovingly done by hand with real photographs. Now I'm the one who does family history projects for Christmas. This was the best thing I inherited from her.

Something else we inherited from her:
The Gift of Music. Grandma Green had a beautiful soprano voice. She was ward choir director for many years and sang with the Singing Mothers, a Missionary Choir on Temple Square and even with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Here are a few of the things Grandma Green did to keep herself busy:
Cooked for potato and beet harvesters.
Did book binding for Granite School District.
Worked at United Grocery.
Trimmed men's hats at Smith Hatters.
Held half interest in a dressmaking and tailoring shop.
Clerked in a grocery store.
Went to West High to art school.
Took piano lessons.
Took vocal training at the University.

In 1930, probably because she didn't have enough to do ;), she enlisted the help of the PTA and started the school lunch program at William Penn School. My mother (her daughter-in-law) says this was the first school lunch program in Salt Lake City.
Then, during World War II she started the "Church Belles," a singing group of girls whose husbands were off to war. My mother was one of those brides. Mom says that when Grandma Green saw a need, she just did something about it.

When she was an old woman, Grandma Green would say, "If I can just endure to the end." At the time I thought, "But she's at the end." Forgive me; I was young and didn't know what I know now. I know enough now to understand that she was a truly remarkable woman.

Family links:
Joseph Hyrum Stay (1851 - 1898)
Mary Cornelia Woodbury Stay (1857 - 1930)

Joseph Arnold Green (1890 - 1958)*

Fay Green Randall (1916 - 1993)*
Pearl Adele Green Tiffany (1918 - 1993)*
Arnold Lynn Green (1920 - 2006)*
Joseph Verl Green (1925 - 2010)*

Owner/SourceVauna Kelly
Date13 Jul 2008
File nameCatherineWSGreen.jpg
File Size147.93k
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Linked toCatherine Woodbury STAY; Catherine Woodbury STAY

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