|Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff|
Lee Green, as she was known to friends, passed away on July 28, 2011, in Kirkland.
Raised in Seattle, Lee’s childhood had many health challenges brought on by polio.
Only after several surgeries and months spent at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital was she able to claim the title polio survivor. Lee graduated from Seattle’s Garfield High School and soon after set out alone to travel the country, living in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.
Working as a cashier in several theaters after World War II, she finally settled back in Seattle where she met Lloyd Elton Green Jr. of Tacoma. Eventually they married and lived a short time in Woodinville where they saw the arrival of their first son, James Winfield Green , now of La Jolla, Calif.
Later they moved to the Duvall area and saw the arrival of their daughter, Lorna Leigh (Green) Johnston of Everett and eventually their younger son, Tracy Alan Green of Bothell.
Having always lived in large cities, she was unaccustomed to rural life and found getting involved in civic organizations to be very important.
She joined the Duvall Civic Club in 1970 and was that club’s president several times. She was also a member of the Duvall Historical Society.
Always committed to educational opportunity Lee became concerned with the management of the public schools in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley.
This led to her running for school board and serving two terms on the board of district #407 and several years as board chairman.
She advocated the hiring of substitute teachers in the wake of a teachers’ strike so that the school year could begin on time while the labor dispute dragged on. Though this was a bold move against the union, she was always a strong advocate for teachers who struggled to do their job within a broken educational system.
In her later years, she continued to work within several civic organizations, as well as volunteering at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation where she worked with the Meals on Wheels program providing meals to homebound senior adults. She also spent several years as the senior center’s receptionist.
Lee is survived by her three children; her sisters, Dorothy Lopata and Louise Haverfield; four grandchildren, Stephanie McCamey, Tamara Johnston, Rory Green and Tiernan Green; two great-grandchildren, Kaeli and Makena McCamey.
A celebration of Lee’s life is being held on Saturday, August 20, at 11a.m. at First Baptist Church of Monroe, 17922 149th St. SE, Monroe (360-794-8044).