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“I was very fond of Kay. We worked together for many years, particularly with music programs at Pence. I played piano for programs, thanks to our...Read More ยป
1 of 5 | Posted by: Gloria Countryman - Fairfield, IA

“We are sorry for your loss. It was such fun riding to school with Kay when we both worked at Pence. Michele Weber ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Michele and Dave Weber - Ottumwa, IA

“She made being an elementary student at Packwood very special.Allaire Davis George ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: A friend

“Kay was my first music teacher at Packwood Consolidated School. I have fond memories of those days. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Bettie Downey - Oskaloosa, IA

“We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Maryann and Brock Cunningham - OH

Katharine F. "Kay" Green, 90 passed away at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City on February 28, 2016, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, followed by a reception at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 3pm this day at the Mt. Zion Cemetery near Hedrick, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Kay's memory to Oaknoll Retirement Residence or Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website @

Katharine Ford was born on March 29, 1925, in Oak Park, Illinois the daughter of Barbara (Standish) and Frederick Perry Ford. When she was six years old, the family moved to Fairfield, IA. She was educated in the public schools in Fairfield, graduating from Fairfield High School. She obtained her B.A. Degree in Music from Parsons College there in Fairfield.

On September 4, 1946, she married Edwin E. Green. During the years of her marriage she taught elementary and high school music, plus three high school subjects in the school districts of Richland, Batavia, Packwood, Frederika and Owasa, all in Iowa. In 1966, Kay completed her Master's Studies in Music Education from the University of Iowa. Her final twenty-one years in teaching were in Fairfield elementary schools.

In her earlier years she was a choir director and children's choir director in the First Christian Church in Fairfield. She was choir director as well as Sunday school teacher in the First Presbyterian Church in Sigourney. Recently she has been a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Coralville; and had been attending Grace Community Church.

During her life she has enjoyed her family, and continued to correspond with many friends at Christmas time. Always having enjoyed art, she has done a great deal of acrylic painting and water color. Piano and books have been mainstays in her life.

Her family includes two children, daughter Jo Ellen Crowe (Gail); and a son, Eric Edwin Green (Hyon); five grandchildren, David Crowe (Andrea), Amy Crowe Trullinger (Jared), Olivia "Katy" Green Lockhart (Keith), Inee Green and Ethan Green; six great-granddaughters, Nora and Kiera Crowe, Stella and Hannah Trullinger, Avary and Ellie Lockhart; Kay's brother, Charles Hubbard Ford (Mary Louise) also survives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin; parents, Frederick and Barbara Ford; grandparents, Albert and Carrie Standish and Charles and Jennie Ford; sister, Mary Voter (Roger); and her brother, Albert Ford (Jean Luers) who went missing over Eastern India during WWII.

We give thanks for the life of Katharine Green!