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December 28, 2013

Elizabeth B. 'Betty' Greene

Elizabeth B. 'Betty' Greene

ONEONTA — Elizabeth B. “Betty” Greene, 88, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas H. Greene, who passed away on June 4, 2008.

Betty was born in Oneonta on March 13, 1925, the daughter of Ernest and Iva Barton. She attended local schools and graduated from Draper Central School in Schenevus in 1942. In 1946, she received a Bachelor of Education degree from Oneonta State Teachers College. During college she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Arethusa Sorority and the Dramatics Club.

Before getting married she taught in Saugerties and Norwich. After marriage, she taught a year in Worcester before temporarily retiring to bring up her three sons.

On Aug. 18, 1948, she married the love of her life Thomas H. Greene. They were married for 59 years.

In 1956, the family moved to Lakeland, Fla., when Tom became the Athletic Director and basketball coach at Florida Southern College. She resumed teaching in 1963, for 10 years in the public school system there before they moved to Williamstown, Mass., in 1972, for the next five years.

While in Williamstown she substituted in kindergarten through sixth grades in Williamstown, Clarksburg, Mass., Pownal, Vt., and Stamford, Vt. She also taught Alternative Education and Art classes.

The year 1977, brought Tom and Betty back to Oneonta as Tom became the Athletic Director at Hartwick College until his retirement. Betty substituted in the Oneonta Elementary schools, BOCES and taught at St. Mary’s School.

Throughout her teaching career she was certified in Elementary Education in New York and Florida. She also studied Child and Education Psychology, Learning Disabilities and Behavior Modification.

Betty was an active member in the Methodist Church most of her life where ever she lived. Her interest included arts and crafts, antiquing and reading. In her spare time she wrote children stories as a hobby. In her retirement years she loved going to the local auctions to buy and sell antiques.

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