Ida Mae Sarah Frances Virginia (Posey) Green, of Ranson, WV passed away peacefully at her home on January 16, 2020. She was 90 years of age.
Born on March 6, 1929, in Jefferson County, WV Ida was the daughter of the late William Henry Posey and Minnie (Parsons) Thornton Posey Davis. She was the last living child of Minnie and William Posey.
Ida attended school in Jefferson County until her junior year, at which time she attended school in Martinsburg, WV; graduating in 1947 from the Berkeley County school system. On July 5th of that year, she married the late Edison Green, son of the late Noah Green and Ahry (Daugherty) Green. Their union was blessed with seven healthy children. Ida and Edison lived in Martinsburg, WV for several years, but they soon decided to move the family to Ranson. Edison’s unexpected death in 1966, left Ida with seven children to raise on her own. Ida returned to school, attending James Rumsey Technical Institute in Hedgesville, where she learned to keypunch. During this time, keypunched cards were used to feed instructions into computer systems. Upon her graduation from James Rumsey, she was hired by IBM as a keypunch operator, where she operated the IBM 059 Card Verifier and the IBM 129 Data Recorder. She continued to further her education, making it possible for her to move into other positions within the company. She worked as a supervisor for many years, until she retired from IBM in June 1993.
Ida accepted Christ as her personal savior at a very young age. Except for the few years that she lived in Martinsburg, she was a lifelong member of the Zion Baptist Church; where, as a young girl, she sang in the choir and attended Sunday School.
Even as she advanced in years with Alzheimer’s, she still remembered the words to hymns, and would sing along with the congregation whenever she attended church.
Ida truly enjoyed being around her family. She would talk countless hours with her sisters. And whenever any of her children came to visit, she showered them with all the love and warmth her heart would allow. She loved her little “manimals.” There was Curly, a dog she adored as a teenager; and then there was Baby, a teacup Chihuahua given to her as a surprise from her husband Edison; and Precious, a furry and sometimes ferocious Pekingese; and one or two others in between.
Ida is survived by three daughters, Melody (Green) and husband, Elder Donald Bridgett of Ranson, WV, Gloria (Green) and husband Ronald Van Muijen of Lake Elsinore, California and Alice Green of Oceanside, California; two sons, Joseph Green of Hedgesville, WV, Sheldon Green and wife Teresa (Campbell) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Nytisha (Green) and husband Damien Finger, Dr. Manieka (Green) and husband Dr. Robert Brown, Ashley (Green) and husband Dr. Anthony Wells, and Sheldon Cole Green; five step-grandchildren, Jennifer Van Muijen, Wendi Van Muijen, Tiffany Bridgett, Senetra Butler, and Sheena Bridgett; and two great-grandchildren, Avery Wells and Preston Brown. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie; stepfather, Edgar Henry Lee Davis; her husband, Edison Colley Green; two sons, Edison Lee Thomas Green and Victor Leland Green; three sisters, Mary Louise (Posey) Allen and husband Chauncey Allen, Mary Virginia Posey, and Annapearl Victoria (Posey) Williams and husband Garfield Williams; three brothers, William Henry Posey, Henry Posey, and Eston Posey; and a special nephew, Timothy Jose Davis; In-laws, Ida Belle Green, June (Green) Johnson and husband Guy Johnson, Carolee (Green) Cooke and husband Garfield Cooke, Warnell Green and wife Dorothy (Twyman) Green, Joseph Green, Loyal green and wife Margaret (Singleton) Green, and Philip Green. We are certain they are now having a joyful reunion at heaven’s gate.
What do you say about a person who lived 90+ years? How do you sum up their life in a few short paragraphs? We will deeply miss our beloved mother. There is a great emptiness left by her passing. She possessed a heart of selfless love, strength, and devotion to her family, like no other. We thank God for her unconditional love, and for the time He allowed this beautiful lady to share our lives. We will forever cherish her memory in our hearts.
The sisters and brothers of Melody Bridgett express their deepest gratitude to Melody and her husband, Elder Donald Bridgett. When mother was unable to care for herself after being stricken with Alzheimer’s, Melody and Donald unselfishly left their home, friends and community in Virginia, and moved back to Ranson to care for our dear mother. For this we are eternally grateful.
The family also thanks Ms. Doris Jones, who, for the past five years, has faithfully assisted with the care of mother, and has been a beacon of light to the family with her love, comfort and compassion.
We thank the Zion Baptist Church Women’s Ministry and church family for their outreach, love and continued support; the doctors, nurses and staff of Hospice of the Panhandle; the nieces and nephews and many other, who sat with, prayed with, and cared for our mother. Your unwavering support and assistance to our family had been a true blessing. You are all God’s Angels.
We also wish to express our sincere appreciation for all the prayers, phone calls, and visits and many other acts of kindness shown during mother’s lengthy illness, and this difficult time; and to the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson for their professional services.
A Celebration of Life Tribute service will be conducted on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 AM, Zion Baptist Church, 819 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Charles Town with Elder Donald Bridgett, officiating. Visitation will occur at 10:00 AM, one hour prior to the start of the service. Interment will follow at Johnsontown Cemetery, Kearneysville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ida Green, to: Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.
Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Ranson.
Please sign the online guestbook and view her obituary at www.mtstrider.com