Kathleen “Kay” Greene

December 04, 1927 ‒ December 02, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Kathleen “Kay” (Grim) Greene, of Lexington and formerly of Johnsville, passed away two days before her 93rd birthday at Lexington Court Care Center. Her daughters were by her side as she passed from her earthly body. Kay joined her Heavenly Father Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (A virtuous woman’s) hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She quilts her own bedspread. Her children arise and call her blessed. A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:17, 19, 22, 28, 30 NLT) Kay was an accomplished seamstress and quilter who believed that when life gives you scraps… make a quilt! She spread love and warmth when she gave away her quilts and sewed for her family until her crippled hands could no longer do the task.

On December 4, 1927, Kay was born in Nippa, KY, the daughter of the late Faris and Malta (Daniels) Grim.

Kay married Elmer Greene on April 15, 1948, in Paintsville, KY. They shared over 56 years together as husband and wife before he preceded her in death on April 27, 2004.

Kay left her home in the hills of Kentucky at the age of 16 to work in Tipp City, OH where her first job was making bullets for World War II. In 1965, after her children were all in school and to buy a sewing machine, she went to work at North Electric/ITT in Galion. She continued to work until her retirement as an Inspector in June of 1986.

A God-fearing woman, Kay helped start and contribute to the building of the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church in Edison, OH. She was the last surviving founder. Kay served in many roles over the years in the churches she attended such as treasurer, Sunday school teacher, secretary, and singing solos. If there was a need, Kay was happy to help. As her health declined, she attended the Lexington Church of Christ with her daughter, as it was closer to home. She attended there until her health no longer allowed her to do so.

Kay’s family was very dear to her. She cherished and enjoyed every moment spent with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She passed her faith and love for the Lord on to them. She had a passion for cooking, baking, mending, sewing quilts or anything she could make from scraps of fabric for family. When spring came, Kay cleaned her deck and had it ready for family cookouts complete with homemade ice cream. Any occasion was the right occasion to bake and cook to bring her family to her home to be close to her. She enjoyed making cakes of all kinds, fruit cobbler, her much loved potato candy, and irresistible chicken and dumplings. Kay was quite the Christmas fruitcake maker, sending them all over the country.

Kay could always find a reason to go on a road trip. She took a birthday trip at the age of 80 years young to Manhattan, New York City, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Boston with her three daughters. Kay enjoyed her yearly fall trip to Amish country to see God’s beautiful countryside. She also enjoyed going to garage sales and craft shows.

On her 91st birthday, she was asked by her daughter what wisdom she could pass on to her family. She said, “Trust in the Lord, always have love and peace in your home and heart, and be nice to everyone.” There are four things Kay was very adamant about: Her strong faith and trust in God, being a Christian Republican, her daily coffee, and eating an apple (or two, or three a day)! She will always be remembered as a very loving and faithful mother and friend.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Shanna Jackson of Lexington, OH, Neil Greene of Kingman, AZ, Diana Bachelder of Lexington, and Robin (Bruce) Snow of Johnsville; her grandchildren, Tim (Jennifer) Bachelder, Mick Jackson, Amber (Evan) Cauble, Diandra (Brandon) Moore, Shandi (Andy) Jesson, Heather Greene, Candice (Andy) Litteral and Heath (Katherine) Snow; her 11 great-grandchildren; her 2 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Minnie Lee Young and her brother, James (Sue) Borders.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Stephen Greene; sisters, Ollie Grim, Elsie Grim, and Sue Tandy; two brothers, Duel Grim and Ruel Grim.

Her longtime support of family and loving caretakers at Lexington Court were a treasure she cherished. She was “Grandma Greene” to many at Lexington Court, and they provided her with an abundance of love and care.  The family would also like to thank OhioHealth Hospice; especially Julie Kirk and Lisa Jamison.

Friends may call Sunday, December 6, 2020, from 3-6 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11 am. Pastors Eddie Colegrove and Roger Fletcher will speak. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed on the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.

Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice.

Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to view Kay’s tribute video.

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  • Sending deepest sympathy to the families of this sweet lady. She always was smiling it seems. She loved her God and her family, it was evident in everything she did. She’s having a pretty great reunion right now. Prayers wonderful memories will give each of you comfort.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the family. Kay was a remarkable loving christian , with nothing but love for her family and every person on this earth. She will be deeply missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire family.
    Ron & Jeannine Ogle

  • I am truly sorry for your loss of such a special lady.. I have many good memories of her back in the 60s.. Special memories of the boys when we used to play rummy at Bill and my trailer home in Johnsville… more than once your mother would call to check on her boys…You are a special family that was raised by wonderful parents… Hugs and prayers for all of you during this difficult time

    • That’s mom trying to take care of her children. I remember you and Bill living in that trailer. So many years and memories ago Marcia.
      God bless!

  • My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family. Kay was just the nicest lady and neighbor. Mom (Rita Berry) always enjoyed being with her. My thoughts are with you all.

    • Thanks Nina. Loved your mom and so thankful our mom had a wonderful friend and neighbor. I had a picture of mom, Vada and your mom for mom’s video and don’t know why but it wasn’t put on. Have wonderful memories of your mom to.

  • I will absolutely miss seeing her beautiful smile every day. She was such a dear, sweet, Godly woman. I am blessed to have known her gentle spirit. Many prayers for your family.

    • Oh my !!! As tears flow down my face as I write this, my dear friend I loved so much. She was a special person that can never be replaced , She sent me cards for years for Christmas. Singed 2nd mom…..We shared phone calls. And every day at work for our special talk.. always a smile on her face as we walk toward each other. Shared little secrets. I always new what ever we talked about would stay with her. I was so glad I got to spend a few days with her at the nursing home. I remember one time when she came to work and had 2 different color shoes on. she was so upset when she looked down at her feet…and even laughed with us….after the shock…she was so classy, and such a beautiful person inside and out.. I will miss her…. I know GOD had his arms wide open for this special angel coming home to him. .. May GOD bless all of the family. PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY !!!! HUGS.

  • Oh my, as tears flow , my dear friend was such a wonderful person, giving caring and loving… always so happy to see you. When I walked in the nursing home she said Naomi!!! I just ran to her and we held each other. She always had a smile when we had our little talks at work. She was my go to mom. She sent me card for yrs signed 2nd mom… one day at work she came in and I said Kaye you have on 2 different on!!! She couldn’t believe she did that. She handled it great . we teased her for yrs ….. laughing with us… I know when the pearly gates opened for this special angel, God arms was wide open…. I’m going to miss her and my last words to her was I love you!!!! Wish I could be with you all. May God bless all the family. Prayers sent your way!!!! Naomi

    • Thanks Naomi and she loved you and worried about you like her own. She was so happy you came to see her. Thanks for taking the time to do so. I put a picture of mom on her video of the two different shoes on the job. Take care & God bless!

  • Diane, Robin & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our youngest son D.J. was your Mother’s paperboy for many years and always enjoyed her cookies or whatever fresh baked goodies she would give him. He always enjoyed chatting with her. May God bless you all. Heaven has received a very special angel in your Mother.

    Carolyn & Darrell Jones & Family

    • Thank you. I remember you coming to mom’s house with him delivering the paper. You were always nice to mom and appreciated you taking the time to visit with her.

  • We were so sorry to learn of Kay’s passing. She was such a beautiful person. She and my mother, Esther Longsdorf, shared a room for a short time and she made my mom’s last months so much better. I know she will be missed by anyone who knew her. Prayers to her family.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I do remember your mom. Sorry for your loss also. Our mom’s are so special.

  • What a Precious Mom,Grandma,and Great Grandma Kay has been to her Family and friends. She always treated me like her own. Love her so much. She has left us with such wonderful memories. She will be missed by many.
    Love you Mom.
    Jeanne Sturges-Davis

  • Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mom. Kay was a life long friend of our mom (Mae Burchett Baldwin). They grew up together in Kentucky and both moved to Ohio. We have many memories of Elmer and Kathleen, from seeing them at church to visiting the family at their home. She was a very special lady to our family.

    The Baldwin Children – Randy, Allen and Brenda

    • Thank you Brenda. I have many memories of all your family and time spent with all of you. Your mom and my mom were actually cousins and mom loved her like a sister.

  • Shanna, Neil, Diana, Robin & family,
    I am so sorry this condolence is coming to you all so late. I did not hear about your wonderful mother until last week when I was home helping mom. Although I did not know your mother as well as my older siblings did, especially as well as Nancy & Melody. I did hear about all of the FUN times that were had at the Greene girls house! I wish I could have thanked your mom for being such a kind, supportive, caring, loving person to my family! I hope the memories will get you all through the rough days ahead and we love you all!
    With deepest sympathy,
    Beth Landaker Rose