Anita Newell Green, a native Texan born on the anniversary of Texas Independence, March 2, 1926 was received into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior August 28, 2017. She was the youngest daughter of Virgil Merle and Jesse Pearl Newell.
She graduated from Reagan High School before attending The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. While she did not graduate from UMHB, she was an honorary member of the class of 47 and enjoyed celebrating yearly homecoming events until recently. In 1945, Anita married the love of her life, Thomas Stuart Green in Temple, Texas and they were married until Toms death on April 10, 1999. Anita went on to graduate with a BA from Howard Payne University (49) in Brownsville, Texas and later received her M.Ed from the University of Houston (69).
After nine years of teaching, raising children, and serving as the pastors wife for several Baptist Churches, Tom and Anita were called to serve as missionaries for what was then known as the Foreign MIssion Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. After language school in Costa Rica, the family moved to Paraguay in 1959. While in Paraguay, Anita was the director (principal) of Colegio Bautista de Villa Morra, the president of the Womens Organization of the National Baptist Convention, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Baptist Hospital.
Upon their return to the United States in 1970, Tom and Anita settled in Houston, Texas where Anita was an educator in the Houston Independent School District. As they settled into their new life in Houston they found a tumultuous and divided city along racial lines. As an educator, she was one of the first teachers in HISD to participate in cross over integration in support of equal education for all. She continued her career as a Magnet Coordinator at Davis High School where she worked tirelessly to provide a quality education for all students. Her last assignment was teaching High School English at Waltrip High School until her retirement in 1989.
In 1992, Tom and Anita moved to Huntsville, Texas and were active members of University Heights Baptist Church. As an active member of UHBC, Anita ministered in various ways. Whether one needed wise counsel, a friendly smile, or a compassionate hug. Anita touched many members of the church and the community. She led the Women's Missionary Union (WMU) and encouraged women of all ages to take an active part in missions. She demonstrated that faith as a member and leader of UHBCs Widows group, Circle of Friends. She also touched the lives of many young college girls who needed the quiet respite of a home atmosphere and a home cooked meal.
Anita is preceded in death by her parents Virgil Merle (1979) and Jesse Pearl Newell (1984); her husband, Thomas Stuart Green (1999); son, Thomas Skipper Stuart Green Jr. (1970); her sister, UnaVee Newell Yeatts (2011); her brother, Alvin Newell (1928); great-granddaughter, Bethanne Miller (2002); as well as several other precious great-grandbabies who were also welcomed into the Lords loving arms.
Anita is survived by son David Allen Green and wife Linda; son Jon Dale Green and wife Carolyn; daughter, Annesta Green Lunde and husband Gary; as well as Rosa Rosie Elizabeth Elgueta. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Travis and his wife Sarah; Dale and his wife Melissa Missy; April and her husband Anthony; Rachel and her husband Matt; Benjamin Ben and his wife Echo; Amy and her husband Joshua; Aleece and her husband Matthew; as well as 14 dearly loved great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Gordon Yeatts and family; Harriet Yeatts Sweatt and family; and Paula Saraceno and family.
Her light brightened so many of our lives and we can not help but mourn. The world seems quite a bit dimmer without her, but those of us who knew and loved her know that the light she shared with us was a reflection of the True Light. Therefore, we rejoice that she is in the presence of Christ, at home with God and has joined that great cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we live and love through faith by the power of the Spirit. She will most be remembered giving her whole life in service of her Lord, Jesus Christ. Her faith has inspired her family. She will be missed.
The service celebrating Anitas life will be held:
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
University Heights Baptist Church
2400 Sycamore Ave.
Huntsville, Texas 77340
Visitation will be held prior to the service at:
University Heights Baptist Church beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will be held at 3:00 on the same day at:
13102 North Fwy, Houston, Texas 77060
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish to honor Anitas memory continue her lifes work by making a donation to University Height Baptist Churchs Missions Fund: 2400 Sycamore Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340, (936)295-2996.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on September 1, 2017