SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 15, 2014

Rev. Dorothy May Green


Peabody, MA — Dorothy “Gram,” 96 years old, passed away in her home, on January 10, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones after “A Life Well Lived,” with devotion to her God, her family and her work.

Dorothy was born to Percy L. Head and Annie L. (Haskell) Head at Peabody Hospital, Peabody, Mass., September 3, 1917. She attended Peabody schools and graduated from Peabody High School, before attending Simmons College where she earned and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1939. She then went on to receive a master's degree of religious education from Andover Newton School of Theology. She taught home economics for a year at Holliston High School, Holliston, Mass., after which she became director of religious education at The First Methodist Church, Boston. This was where she met her future husband. On May 25, 1945, at South Congregational Church in Peabody, Dorothy was married to the Rev. Marvin R. Green, who predeceased her in 1966.

Dorothy spent many years working beside her husband in all areas of church life, including her role as accomplished church organist, director of religious education and numerous other leadership roles in the local churches in which they served. Her talents were visualized in churches in Cape Porpoise, Maine, Rhode Island, Beverly, Belchertown, Bondsville, and Graniteville, Mass. After her husband’s passing, Dorothy worked as a social worker for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services until her retirement. During that time she received her ordination into the Christian Ministry. Throughout the remainder of her life, her gentle spirit was reflected in service to God through her love of music as church organist and Intercessory Prayer Warrior. Dorothy also enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, and family time involving herself with her grandchildren’s many activities. The highlights of these last years of her life were daily visits from her very active family.

Dorothy leaves her son, Emerson L. Green and his wife, Sandee J. Green of Peabody; her daughter, Faith E. (Green) Utley and her husband, Dr. F. Knowlton Utley of Belchertown, Mass.; her grandsons, David A. Green, Chad M. Green and his wife, Renee E. Green, all of Peabody, Richard F. Utley of Granby, Mass., Stephen R. Utley, daughter-in-law, Karen A. Utley, both of Belchertown, and David E. Utley of Hubbardston, Mass.; granddaughters, Tina M. VanAlstyne and Annie M. Green, both of Peabody; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

ARRANGEMENTS: It is now a privilege for Dorothy's family to help her return to the side of her beloved husband, Marvin, where internment will be at The Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

A Service of Remembrance and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.