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Lila Greene

Lila was born September 8th, 1935 at home in Tingley, Iowa to her loving parents Glenn and Opal Waddell Keller. She graduated from Shannon City High School and attended Creston Community Jr. College in Creston, Iowa. Lila married Jack Morris Greene on June 6, 1954. She worked for the Department of Human Services as a Homemaker Health Aid 1 and was then promoted to Social Worker 3 becoming Supervisor over Crawford and Sac Counties in Iowa. She received a letter of commendation from the Governor of Iowa recognizing her outstanding commitment to working with the public. After retiring from the Department of Human Services in 1979, Lila began a study of theology through Indiana Wesleyan College and received her Theology degree. She was commissioned, and anointed, in July 1982 at the Charles City Wesleyan Church in Charles City, Iowa. Lila, along with her husband Jack, then went into the ministry pastoring various churches in Iowa. In 1995 she and Jack moved to Florida where she pastored several different Wesleyan Churches.

They moved back to Iowa to 2007 and Lila began pastoring the Shannon City Community Church. She served as pastor of that church for 10 ½ years, retiring from the ministry in September of 2017. Lila loved the Lord and loved to tell of His love for everyone. Her light shone bright as she shared her faith with all those whom she came in contact with.

Lila went home to be with her Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 9, 2017. She was preceded in death by her grandparents William and Sara Irene Place Keller, Charles and Bertha Hammond Waddell; parents Glenn and Opal (Waddell) Keller; brothers Donald Keller and wife Alice, Marvin Keller and infant brother Glen Wayne Keller; sisters Jean Campbell, Darlene White and Maxine Franklin; brothers-in-law Harold Crecelius, Willard White and Dick Franklin; nieces and nephews Janet Sue, Scott Keller, Billy Keller, Gene Crecelius, Randy White, Jody Turnbull and Jerry Campbell; granddaughter Lacey Layne Klaahsen; great grandson Jerrad Dale Lorenzen; grandson-in-law Eric Reasland.

Lila Leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 63 years, Jack Greene of Creston, IA; children Nicky Greene (wife Denise) of Rock Valley, Iowa, Danny Greene (wife Debbie) of Storm Lake, Iowa, Linda Richie (husband Douglass) of Blackburn, Mo., Sheri Plough (husband Rusty) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren Ryan Greene (wife Stacey) of Brandon, SD, Christopher Greene of Dallas, TX, Katie and Samantha Greene of Rock Valley, IA, Stephanie Hanna (husband Douglas) of Milford, IA, Bradley Greene (wife Abbey) of North Liberty, IA, Kyle Greene (wife Jesse) of Alta, IA, Brooke Spencer (husband Travis) of Omaha, NE, Tabitha Reasland, of Creston, IA, Jeremy Lorenzen ( wife Stephanie) of Marshall, MO, Jacquelyn Baker (husband Patrick) of Nelson, MO, Corey Plough (wife Cassy) of Marion, IA, Lindsey Katsiametis (husband Dino) of Mission Viejo, CA, Sidnea Plough (fiancé Danny) of Marion, IA, Derek Plough of Rollinsville, CO; great grandchildren Devan and Jordan Hanna, Ashley and Brayden Greene, Tanner, Izabel, Nolan, and Nash Keller Spencer, Kadin and Adyson Greene, Taya Rose Greene, Ryla Kline, Hope, Jackson, and Lydia Lorenzen, Cameron Hayes, Carter Glenn Reasland, Kylie, Ava, Austin, and Landon Katsiametis, Sawyer and Easton Gerber; sister Doris Crecelius of Bedford, Iowa; sisters-in-law Leora Keller, Murray, Iowa and Marilyn Greene of Gallatin, TN; brother-in-law Dale Campbell of Clearfield, IA, Gene Sickels of Mount Ayr, IA, Roland Buck, Mount Ayr, IA, and Dale Greene, Mount Ayr, IA;

A memorial fund has been established for charities of the family choice.

Services: 10:00 am – Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, IA
Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong
Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fri., Nov 17
Family Present: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Fri., Nov 17 at the Armstrong Funeral Home - Mount Ayr, IA
Burial: Oakland Cemetery - Shannon City, Iowa
Memorial: For Charities of the Family Choice

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Words alone can not express the sympathy I have for your family. I will never forget Lila and her contagious laugh, all the crazy days and nights I had at the Greene home and her never ending smile. God gained a precious angel . Hugs and prayers to you all

Susan Brosnahan Grau Nov 15 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Jack, Nick, Deke, Linda and Sherri and everyone in your families. Steve and I have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. May the Good Lord bring you peace in the days ahead.

Steve/Lisa Steele Nov 13 2017 12:00 AM

Jack and family, Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Heaven has gained a wonderful follower of God. I still think of our Wesleyan Church and all the ones who had a part in bringing us to know our Lord and Savior. May God bless you all. Corky and Sandy Sorenson

Corky and Sandy Sorenson Nov 12 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mrs. Greene's family and friends during this difficult time.

Brian P. O'Neill Nov 12 2017 12:00 AM

Greene Family, So sorry for the loss of your mother and your grandmother. She sounded like quite a woman! May you feel peace and God's loving arms around you as once again you walk through a valley. Sincerely, Rhonda Triezenberg

Rhonda Triezenberg Nov 12 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May God give all of you His wonderful comfort and peace. Lila was such a special person and was such a good friend to my mom-she was like a member of our family too. I have so many fond memories of Lila; her strong faith, her wonderful sense of humor, and how she could always tell me what I needed to hear without upsetting me. I will miss her but know that someday we will all be together again in heaver! What a wonderful day that will be! Hugs to all of you.

Cathy Lahr Nov 11 2017 12:00 AM

Our heart is broken at the loss of our dear friend and former Pastor, Lila. Jack our love and prayers go out to you and all the family during this time. Lila will forever be part of our hearts and we will never forget all that you and Lila did for us and our community/church. There are very few people you meet in your lifetime that are as in touch with God as Lila was. You knew when she prayed for you that something was going to happen. It may not always be what you want but something would happen. Her smile was so welcoming and her hugs made you feel right at home. I know she is happy sitting at the feet of our Savior and looking out for all of us. God Bless you all! Love you Steve and Joyce Gregory.

Steve & Joyce Gregory Nov 10 2017 12:00 AM