District Missionary Mother Mary (Louise) Green, 80 of Independence Kansas was the oldest daughter born on June 30, 1939 in Moffatt, Oklahoma to Walter P. Jones and Willie Bell (Wesley) Jones. Her paternal grandmother Christine Jones also assisted in raising her. Louise passed away on April 2, 2020 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville Oklahoma. Louise grew up in Independence Kansas, and Fort Smith Arkansas. She fulfilled many roles in her lifetime as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, loyal friend, Licensed Evangelist, and District Missionary of the Fort Scott District Churches Of God In Christ (COGIC).
Mother Mary Louise Green would come to epitomize the attributes of a “Virtuous Woman” outlined in scripture: Proverbs 31: 10-31. “Many women do noble things but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised:
The Virtue of Faith- Because the Lord was her Shepard, her life was disciplined. She put God first, and included him in every aspect of her life. Mother Green’s message to all became; “If you seek the Lord, you will find him”. As a member of Pleas Temple COGIC for over 49 years, she mastered leadership in the auxiliaries of Pastors Aide, Hospitality, Evangelism-outreach, and Young Women’s Christian Council. Mother Green believed that nothing was too hard for God. She fasted, prayed, and had faith for the sanctification of her husband. God answered her prayer. His salvation became a testament of encouragement for women across the nation.
The Virtues of Marriage- The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her. Mother Green’s price was far above rubies, she brought her husband good and not harm. She and Deacon Green treasured a mutual love, and an unbreakable bond that grew stronger with each decade, and he praised her. He could trust her completely as she traveled the country. She displayed honesty, grace, confidence and beauty. As a couple they enjoyed annual trips to Memphis, fishing, and family gatherings. Deacon Green was proud to be associated as her husband, he was proud of her beauty, and the way she was led by the Holy Spirit. She affectionately became his caregiver, and was loyal and loving, until departing in death.
The Virtue of Motherhood- Her children arise up, and call her blessed. She taught her children the importance of man’s duty, which is to love God, and keep his commandments. She taught them to be productive, the importance of being on time, and having good work ethics. The wisdom of being frugal allowed her to feed her children through times of bounty and through times of lack. She taught them to be thankful for all things, and how to survive during hard times. Her children will forever celebrate her unselfish love. They will cherish the legacy that was built on such a strong spiritual foundation, and continue to build.
The Virtue of Industry- Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates. In the spirit of excellence for over 40 years, Mother Green was a Certified Food Service Supervisor, she provided opportunity for many in the community to gain employment. She touched a multitude of lives while employed at Wigs Restaurant, Glen Wood Estates, and Hill Haven Nursing Homes. She was also employed by Independence High School, Independence Day Care Center Inc. and Independence Community College.
The Virtue of Service- She never ate the bread of idleness, she was always busy. Mother Green served the Lord with gladness, She entered his courts with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. She was able to touch lives by being a role model in the community, as well as in the church. She taught the gospel with boldness. She was steadfast in visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, and providing clothing for those who suffered lack. She expressed in her final days that “If anyone asks, I’m ready to meet a smiling Savior”. She was faithful until death. She is clothed with strength and dignity.
As the oldest daughter, she was affectionately called “Momma Lou by her siblings. Siblings preceded in death are Edward Toles, Margaret Shaw, and Christine Jones, Willie Mae-Jones Williams, Helen Jones-BoBo, and Catherine Jones-Dabbs. Surviving Siblings Walter P. Jones Jr., Stella Jones- Kimber, Lorenzo Jones, Buck Jones, Glenda-Jones Windham, Fredrick Carrethers, and Delores Phillips. She has a host of nieces, and nephews.
Louise met and married the late R.Eugene Barker II of Fort Smith Arkansas, 6 children were born into their union. Larry Darnell Barker (preceded in death). R. Eugene Barker III, of Independence, Kansas, Antonieo Lee Barker (Detrik) of Mesquite Texas, Charles Edward Barker Sr. (Arie) of Independence, Kansas, LaDonna Barker-Webb, of Moreno Valley California, and Gary Terrell Barker, of Independence, Kansas. Louise met and married the love of her life of 59 years, Deacon Chester Green of whom joined her in death on April 3,2020. 1 child was born into their union, Morticia Ann Green-Johnson, of Fort Worth Texas. The legacy continues with her sons and daughters.
The delight of Mother Green’s life were her grandchildren:
Ariane Barker-Meadows, Casondra Webb-Cole, Jennifer Webb-Knox, Jessica Webb-Luyanda, Charles Edward Barker II., Ebony-Barker Tucker, Amber Johnson-Jones, Aridan Johnson, Tiffany Barker- Lewis, Mario Barker, Octavia Barker, Antonieo Lee Barker II, Lisa Barker, Kingston Barker, and Johan Barker.
They have multiplied with 23 great- grandchildren.
There will be a public drive by visitation without exiting cars at the Potts Chapel on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please enter the Potts Chapel garage on the West side of building off of Penn Avenue. Cones will be set up and funeral directors will assist in direction to go. Friends may leave online condolences at www.pottsfuneralhome.com.
The righteous perishes and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.