Lena Greer

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Lena Greer

July 15, 1920 - August 05, 2018

Lena was born in a ranch house near Durant on July 15, 1920, to Dave and Lola Townsend, the oldest of four children. She passed away after a long and eventful life just after turning 98 on August 5, 2018. She graduated from Cobb High School and attended Southeastern State College in Durant. She met and married the love of her life, Jack Greer, on August 30, 1940.
During World War II, Jack was stationed for most of the war in Washington, D.C. Lena worked in the steno pool typing intelligence reports and war correspondence. There she developed excellent typing skills which she would put to use the rest of her life.
When the war ended, they moved back to Oklahoma, spending the majority of their careers in McAlester where Jack was a teacher and school principal and Lena first worked for the newspaper and then 21 years as church secretary at Grand Avenue Methodist Church. When they retired, they moved to Tulsa to be closer to their grandchildren as they were growing up.
They were both very active at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, participating in Sunday school class, activities, the Heritage book, the Ambassadors choir, and the church library. As children of the Depression, they were also devout penny-pinchers. They did use their money to travel all over the United States, Mexico City, Israel, and Europe, once going to the Passion Play at Oberammergau.
Her greatest quality was her industriousness. She was never one to take it easy, always staying busy with work, traveling, church work, and volunteering. One of her favorite sayings was, "that if wars were fought by the old men that declared it, instead of the young men they sent to fight, there wouldn't be any war."
She had a memorable personality and will be sorely missed by her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her siblings, Nell, M.J., and Leland, and her daughter-in-law, Joy Greer.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Jerry Greer; four grandchildren, Jon and Sheri, David and Erin, Paul and Carrie, and Bethany Monroe and Carter; seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Haden, Aubrey, Addison, Emily, and Cole, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Mason Chapel at Asbury United Methodist Church on Monday, August 13, at 1 p.m. A family only burial in McAlester to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Greer Library at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Published on August 10, 2018
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Ken Rager
Aug 11, 2018
My condolences to Dr. Jerry Greer and other family members. I sacked groceries for The Greers at Ray's Thrif-T-Wise. Thought the world of them.