Nancy Marie Frahm Green was born in Ontario, Ore., as the second youngest of six siblings. Growing up on a farm, she drove a truck at age 6, a tractor at age 10, and cooked for 10-20 hired men daily. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Oregon State, she moved to Portland where she worked for 27 years as a teacher with Job Corps and the Portland Public Schools – first at Harriet Tubman Middle School and then at Franklin High School. Always a great advocate for women’s rights, she supervised and taught Franklin’s teen pregnancy program and classes in home economics and personal finance. Her passion for entertaining, respect for traditions and strict upbringing led to her becoming an etiquette “specialist.” For over 20 years Nancy taught etiquette to the Portland Rose Festival princesses and a “If you were invited to the White House” class at Franklin.
Outside of work and community efforts, Nancy was an active woman who loved gardening on her city “farm” and hosting dinner parties. Her parties were legendary for their table decorations and food. With an eclectic taste in art and fashion, she collected dishes, glass, ceramics, paintings and shoes.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Dr. Gerald Green; two stepchildren, Adrienne Green and Steven Green; son-in-law, Thelonious Johnson; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Zachary Johnson; as well as one brother, two sisters and many nieces and nephews in Eastern Oregon. After marrying Gerald, her Portland family grew and she became “Auntie Nancy” to many more. She had a love for children and would “adopt” them throughout her life. Elizabeth, Justine, Justin, Winnie and Dino are a few who considered Nancy their adopted mother. All were special to her, and she always tried to spend time with each one.
Her life with Gerald spanned 30 years of marriage. They loved spending time with family and friends, entertaining, exercising and traveling. Together they visited over 70 countries, always adding to their collection of friends and art. They had recently purchased a vacation home in the Palm Desert area to begin a new phase of life together.
Nancy’s life was cut short by a tragic accident. She will be truly missed by the many who knew and loved her dearly. Her liveliness and bounce filled a room the second she walked in, and she brought joy, life, and love to all around her. To quote Émile Zola, “She was born to live life out loud,” and she most certainly did. A “Celebration of Life” in Nancy’s honor will be hosted early next year.
Written with love by her husband, Dr. Gerald Green.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Beth Israel Cemetery
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