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Obituary: Rosemary B. Green

In 1972 Rosemary and Don bought a cattle ranch in Oregon.

Published on December 13, 2017 8:50AM



Rosemary B. Green

March 4, 1928 –– Dec. 1, 2017

Rosemary Barnes Green, 89, passed away in College Station, Texas. A memorial service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station 11 a.m. Jan. 6, 2018.

Rosemary was born March 4, 1928, in San Diego at Mercy Hospital. She was the only child of Wilmeth (Chapman) and Hartwick Barnes, growing up in the Mission Hills district of San Diego. She attended elementary school there and Francis Parker private school, Roosevelt Junior High School and San Diego High.

Growing up on Cypress Way, she played with the neighborhood kids; played ball in the street with the boys; and pulled a Scotty dog named Glenna around in a little red wagon.

Rosemary was a gifted student, had piano lessons for eight years and belonged to the ZLAC Rowing Club on Mission Bay where she rowed competitively. Her father was a member of the San Diego Yacht Club where Rosemary learned sailing and enjoyed swimming. In summers Rosemary spent time in Julian, Calif., working with her uncle, Franklin Barnes, packing apples and pears. During the summer, she also took ice skating lessons at Glacier Gardens.

She entered Stanford University in 1949, studying biological sciences, psychology and Spanish. Later in life, she could speak four languages –– Spanish, Portugese, German and French. She also studied Japanese.

Rosemary met Don Green at Stanford University, and they were married in 1948. They moved to San Diego County.

Four children followed in rapid succession: Catherine, Lucinda, Margery and Douglas. Vacations included sailing, camping, backpacking, skiing and visiting most of the National parks in the west. They bought acreage in El Cajon (San Diego County) where they developed an avocado ranch with Rosemary’s parents. All their children attended school in El Cajon and became university graduates.

Rosemary was a wonderful homemaker and caring mother. She was an excellent seamstress, making dresses for her daughters and costumes for several community theatres. After the children left home, she became a certified Spanish and Latin teacher, teaching gifted and high school students. Her greatest joy was being with her children and grandchildren.

In 1972 Rosemary and Don bought a cattle ranch in Oregon. They also became licensed pilots, flying all over the Northwest. Rosemary became a member of the “99s”, an international women’s flying club. She would often fly a Cessna 182 solo to meetings.

In later years, their travels took them to Alaska, Brazil, Belize and the Caribbean, Germany Spain, Turkey and Papua New Guinea.

Rosemary and Don were members of the Joseph United Methodist Church in Oregon and Christ UMC in College Station. They spent more than 50 years singing together in church choirs.

They moved to Texas in 2011 to live near their daughter Catherine. Survivors include husband Don, all four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


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