CHAMPION - Joan Howell Green, 92, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, after living a long and cherished life.
She was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Ebbw Vale, Wales, the daughter of Ella Lillian Owen and William Howell. She arrived with her mother in America as an infant shortly after her father had immigrated through Ellis Island to work in the Mahoning Valley steel industry.
Mrs. Green was a June 1939 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and attended the Dana School of Music at Youngstown University, focusing on piano and later on organ performance. She studied piano in Cleveland and had a debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra.
She married William Leroy Green on Aug. 31, 1951, and enjoyed 57 years of a loving relationship with him until he passed on June 13, 2008. Up to the time of her death, she was still residing at the Champion homestead that they built together in the early 1950s.
She was a loving wife, a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was an accomplished pianist and organist and while raising a family of six children, she served many years as the church organist at various churches around the area, including Howland Community Church and Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
She taught piano and was a regular accompanist for Champion High School's musicians for solo and ensemble competitions.
She enjoyed writing and had been a regular contributor to local weekly newspapers. She also enjoyed entering slogan contests, which resulted in winning such prizes as a new car, an in-ground swimming pool and several major appliances.
Surviving are her six children, Meredith Ethel McKenzie of Altadena, Calif., James (Linda) Green of Howland, Robert Green of Champion, Nancy Green of Boone, N.C., Barbara (William) Hummel of Champion and Ruth (David) Green-Waite of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Christina (Jake) Gwin of Camarillo, Calif., Jenna Green of Orlando, Fla., and Alex and Eric Hummel of Champion; and one great-granddaughter, MacKenzie Gwin of Camarillo.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Howland Community Church with the Rev. Brian Byrne officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Champion Band Boosters, 5976 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, OH 44483, or to the Champion Fire Department, 139 W. Champion St., Warren, OH 44483.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH, 44481. Please visit our website at www.mcfarlandcares.com to view this obituary, send condolences or to send flowers.