Mary Jane Green, 89, of Kankakee, passed away Nov. 24, 2020 in Bourbonnais.
She was born Nov. 14, 1931, the daughter of William Otto and Vera Coffman. She had three brothers, seven sisters and a special nephew who was raised as her brother. She married Thomas Collins Green in 1954. He preceded her in death Sept. 11, 1989.
They have three daughters, Pamela (Carl) Block, Paula Green and Laura (Gary) Gall; and they adopted and raised their granddaughter, Rebecca Green. They also have two grandsons, Thomas (Erica) Howard and Jeremiah (Jill) Green; and two great-grandsons.
While she enjoyed her role as “stay at home” wife and mother, she did work outside the home from time to time. She was a realtor early in her marriage when the family lived in Kansas City, Mo. And, when the family moved to Kankakee in 1967, she worked as a waitress in several local restaurants, including Marty’s Steakhouse, Yesteryear, Sully’s and the Kankakee Country Club. She also worked at the Jewel Food Store for several years. More recently, she volunteered many hours cutting plastic shopping bags into thin strips that were crocheted into sleeping mats for homeless veterans. She was very proud to be a part of this project. She was a lucky Bingo player and also enjoyed Dominoes, art projects and working in her special garden.
She made it very clear that she did not want a service after her passing and that wish will be honored. However, family and friends will be invited to celebrate her life at a later date. May she rest in peace.