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Floyd C. Matthews Greene

June 12, 1937 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 82)

Obituary

Mrs. Floyd Cooper Mathews Greene

 

Born:  June 24, 1937 

Passed to Glory:  May 7, 2020

 

“Whatever my God ordains is right.”  -Floyd Cooper Mathews Greene 

 

Floyd Cooper Mathews Greene on Thursday morning May 7, 2020, 7 weeks before her 93rd Birthday, held a Messenger Group Chat with her children, prayed with them and thereafter went to bed during which time she was called home and peacefully departed this life. Indeed, Muma lived a very full life, that drew her closer to her God in every way. She resided in Providence, Rhode Island at the time of her death.  

The Grigsby, Railey, Kraingar/Attia/Cooper, Mathews and Greene families  hereby announce with Thanksgiving to God  the death of Mrs. Floyd Cooper Mathews Greene.

Floyd was born to Frank George and Keziah Grigsby Cooper – the fourth child of their union on June 24, 1927 in Greenville, Sinoe County. After graduating from Sinoe High School, she traveled to Monrovia and studied nursing. In her second year of nursing studies, she met Jehu Baccus Mathews, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, got married in November 1953 and went on to have 3 children Lancedell, Marion and Jehunita. Being predeceased by her husband she moved back to Sinoe to be with her parents.  There she later met and got married to Nehemiah Carter Greene, County Agricultural Extension Officer in April 1961; making Teddy and Judith from their school performance a reality.The union was blessed with 3 children Neheileen, Leonard and Felix. On May 27, 1994 ‘Teddy’ was called home by the LORD making her a widow once again.

The dedication, love and care shown to all by our mother can be traced to her God fearing and loving parents. Floyd was also born into a family passionate about service to others. Her mother Keziah, a midwife  tirelessly made house calls all around Greenville even at odd hours delivering midwifery services to many families, most times without charge. Delivering a generation of future Sinoe citizens. Following from this; Floyd, her elder and younger sisters Catherine and Edith dedicated most of their lives to teaching. 

Teacher Floyd as she was warmly called enjoyed the unique duty of impacting the lives of many young people. As she travelled with her husband Nehemiah around Liberia on his agricultural assignments, she fostered and provided care for children from Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Rivercess and Montserrado counties. She  engaged students in both the classrooms and in their communities. 

Ma Floyd served as both teacher and principal of Greenville  Episcopal Parish High School, teacher and Vice Principal of Sinoe Elementary Demonstration School, school teacher  in then Tchien, Grand Gedeh, as well as in  SKT, and the  Episcopal School, Bong County, the Executive Mansion Battalion Elementary School, and Principal of the Tubman Elementary school in Point Four. Her passion for service did not wane as she devoted the best of most of her adult life to serving her country and its young people. She was an ardent member of the Order of Eastern Star and the SMT Lodges in Greenville, Sinoe Co.

As the civil war in Liberia raged in 1990, Teacher Floyd worked with Kay Witherspoon and in 1990 they co-founded the WitherGreen Elementary School located in the Stephen A. Tolbert Memorial Housing Estate, Gardnersville. Her love and support for her family took her to USA, UK, FRANCE, and BELGIUM.

Mother Floyd Cooper Mathews Greene was predeceased by her parents Frank George and Keziah Grigsby Cooper, her husbands Jehu Baccus Mathews and Nehemiah Carter Greene affectionately called ‘Teddy’, and her siblings Warren, Catherine, Colston, and Frank George Jr., her daughters in law Jacquelyn Taylor Greene her own beloved boys and girls; G Moses K Washington, Gabriel B Matthews, Clarissa Miller and Esther Boikai Jalajue.

Muma is survived by her children Jehu Baccus (Dioly), Patricia, Lancedell (Hazel), Marion (Pewu), Jehunita(S Vaanii), Mackinley (Jacquelyn) Elvira, Neheileen (John), Leonard,  Felix(Ibi) , and Monique. She has left behind her beloved  30 Grandchildren and GG’s own 20 great grandchildren, and her sweethearts  5 Great great grandchildren;  two sisters Edith and Mary, her in-laws, Adrianna Cooper Stewart, Samuel Payne Cooper, Rhodell Browne Copper,  Rachel Askie Cooper, Rhonnie Greene, Judson Greene (Emmaline),  Matilda Greene Dunne (Elwood)  and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends in the USA, UK, France, Germany and around our one common world.

 

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