God called Missionary Ora Lee Green home on January 6th, 2021. The sunrise of Missionary Ora was on December 28, 1933 in Crescent City, Oklahoma; to parents James LT. Vester and Mary Lanie Vester. She was second born of identical twin girls. Her beloved sister was Dora Lee Smith. Missionary Green attended grade school through high school (Blaine High School) in Perry, Oklahoma. Prior to graduation, her family moved to Imperial, California; where, she and her twin sister graduated from Central Union High School.
Missionary Green met her late husband, Rev. Sylvester Green III, during her stay in Imperial, California. They got married in the summer of 1956. With this union, they gave life to 3 children. Their first child, Ora Lelinna Green, was born in Calexico, California. Their second child, Sylvester Keith Green, was born in Port Wayne, California. Their last child, Kirk Lancent Green, was born in Long beach, California.
During her time in California, Missionary Green and her husband served as Jr. Pastor in the youth department at the Los Angeles’ Church of the Living God Temple #1. In 1965, her family moved to Portland, Oregon; where, her late husband was promoted to Pastor the Church of the Living God Temple #1. During this time, Missionary Ora found work at Stacy’s cleaner. Shortly after, she became the first black controller at Stacy’s Cleaners. In addition to, she became the Vice President of Rose City M.M. Wives Association and Treasury. Missionary Ora had a passion to teach and began working on her teaching degree with assistance from Mrs. Collins childcare center, Humbolt Elementary and Applegate Elementary. In 1985 Missionary Green graduated from Portland State University. Her career began with teaching at Portland Community College and the University of Portland until she received a permanent position as a full time teacher at Beaumont Elementary. After 45 years of teaching, she retired and became a part-time teacher for every public elementary school in north, northeast and southeast Portland, Oregon. First Lady Ora had dedicated her life to spreading the gospel from her first breath to her last. She was a mascot for meals on wheels. To thank her for her service to meals on wheels, she was awarded with being a representative in a commercial, portrait on a billboard and on their delivery truck. In addition, she practiced what she preached and lived on this earth as an angel.
Ora was known as a natural leader in her community with an unwavering spirit. She also had a passion for history, community building and music. In order to fulfill her passions, she
assisted Mrs. Peoples with the Juneteenth festival from 1971 – 2019. Some of her proudest moments were the birth of his children and watching them grow up and start their own families. She was very proud with the arrival of each grandchild, great-grandchild and great-great grandchild. Ora loved to preach, travel, teach, and cook for her family. She was the anchor of the family and always brought them together to reminisce, laugh and enjoy one another’s company.
She leaves to cherish her memory; her three children, two nephews, seventeen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, eighty great-great grandchildren lol, and many, many
extended family and friends.
She was loved and respected by all and will be truly missed.
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