Thursday, July 28, 2011

Virginia Ruth Greene, United States Army Veteran

Virginia Green was born May 2, 1931 in Ponta, Texas and passed away July 15, 2011 in Temple, Texas at the age of 80.

Virginia Green served her country in the United States Women's Army Corp, as a "WAC", from 1950 to 1952, and was discharged from service as a corporal. Her duty stations included Okinawa and at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland. After her military service, she worked in Civil Service for more than thirty years.

Virginia served as the president of the Retired Sgt. Majors Auxiliary and the Women's Army Corps organization. She was a deacon at her church. She was also a member of DAV Auxiliary and of the American Legion.

Funeral services were held on July 21 at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. In attendance were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance to welcome the arriving family and friends. Thereafter, the Riders led the funeral procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Killeen for interment services with military honors.

At the cemetery, the procession was greeted by fifty American flags and more of the Patriot Guard Riders.

After the flag draped casket was moved from the hearse to the committal shelter, the Riders formed a line of flags around the shelter while final prayers were said and honors rendered.

The Army bugler played taps. The flag that draped the casket was folded into the traditional triangle and passed to a Non-Commissioned Officer of the Army, who presented the flag to Virginia's youngest son, Eric, on behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army and a grateful nation as thanks for her years of faithful service.

"WAC" Virginia Greene was then laid to rest on a bright sunny day on the slope of the cemetery, as the American flag flew at half-staff in her honor on the hill above.

Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, one daughter, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many other dear family and friends.

Virginia's dear husband, Command Sergeant Major Charlie R. Greene predeceased her.

With thanks to Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home for biographical information.

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