BAR HARBOR — On May 13, 2012, Elizabeth S. (Libby) Greene of Elizabeth City – a frequent visitor to Bar Harbor – passed away at Carolina House where she was attended lovingly by God, family, and friends. She was born in Princeton, W.Va., on March 3, 1930, to Harold G. and Ida Clarke (Robertson) Stafford, their prized only child. Libby was a bright and witty woman who on June 25, 1948, married fellow Concord College student and World War II battlefield commissioned Lt. Vernon E. Greene. She excelled in her studies with a double major in English and French, and years later earned a Masters of Public Administration.
Through the Army years they traveled extensively and grew a family along the way, moving often to various posts stateside and then to Belgium. She embraced freshness in life. Libby taught English to Puerto Rican school children before ESL existed, hosted with flair and fun many “career forming” parties and functions as an Army wife, taught high school English and Latin – often inviting her students into her home, coached an international swim team of children as though her own, played tennis with the best in class, picked up and lived for six months in Greece. Libby loved to hike the trails of Acadia National Park with friends and family, swim, scuba dive, bowl, run in races, and play any card game, especially bridge, and she loved fuzzy live and stuffed animals, chocolate, opera, and Elvis, not necessarily in that order. Libby tried her hand at Famous Writers courses and enjoyed composing many a letter to the editor and some wild short stories. She was a voracious reader who relished her book club meetings, enjoyed talking current events and politics, and was a master at crosswords. Libby was an avid sports fan, the Celtics and Patriots especially beloved.
Wherever she lived, her first actions were to find church, library, and gym, and she volunteered at church and the hospital, visited and ministered to the sick, including the wounded and their families at Valley Forge, Walter Reed, the VA, and participated in community activities.
She loved her Wednesday Morning Bible Study and Adult Sunday School and always from early childhood knew Jesus loves her. Most of all Libby valued being a mother and grandmother, participating in and orchestrating many activities while raising her five children, from taking them everywhere she went to ensuring that there was always plenty to see, do, read, learn.
She made and maintained loving friendships all over the world, and she will be missed and never forgotten. Our loss is heaven’s gain.
Libby is survived by her daughters: Carmen L. Greene of Bar Harbor, Laurel J. Greene, Valparaiso, Ind; Sharon L. Greene, Elizabeth City, N.C.; Yolanda (Les) Craft, LaPorte, Ind.; and one son, Vernon E. Greene, Jr., Winchester, Ky.; and two grandsons, D. Joseph Ferrari and Brendan A. Ferrari, both of Chicago, Ill. Libby was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
A Celebration of Life Service was May 16, 2012 in North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org; Christ Episcopal Church Building Fund, 200 S. McMorrine St., EC, NC 27909; or SPCA of Northeastern NC, 100 Wilson St., EC, NC 27909.