Shirley Green

Shirley Darlene Green moved to her heavenly mansion surrounded by her loving family at 9:25 PM on Sunday, December 20,2020 at the age of 83 years young in Berryville, Arkansas.  Shirley was born in Kansas city, Kansas on January 2,1937 to Guy A and Edith A Jones. Shirley spent her childhood in Kansas City, Kansas, fair play, Missouri, and climax springs Missouri.
Climax springs is where she met Ross Green. Shirley turned 15 in January 1952 and on February 13, 1952 Shirley and Ross eloped to Pickett, Arkansas with her grandma Jones and aunt Fern as witnesses.  To this union six children were born. Elaine, Terry, Gary, Brenda, Tim and Steve.
Shirley and Ross spent the early years of marriage out west in California where Ross worked in the logging industry. In the early 1960’s Shirley and Ross turned their lives over to Christ and followed his call into ministry.  Shirley had an amazing voice and was compared many times to Vestal Goodman of the Happy Goodman Family.  While her children were young Shirley began teaching them to sing harmony. Shirley and Ross pastored many churches in Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  Shirley recorded her first album, “Spreading The Gospel Around” in the mid 60’s dedicating the album to her mother Edith Young Jones.
The Green family traveled and sang gospel music on many Friday and Saturday nights, and in 1974 they purchased a tour bus and the Green family toured many states sharing the gospel in word and song. They became known as the “Singing Greens”.  They recorded three family albums with their children. Ross Green said that the early settlers traveled to the west coast under a covered wagon and he went out west under a 1946 flex bus.
Shirley loved singing and she could definitely get a crowd excited. Shirley sang for many years in churches they pastored and also churches she traveled to as a soloist.  In 2018 Shirley Darlene Green entered a local talent contest in Warsaw, Missouri and advanced to the finals at the Missouri State Fair Grounds where she won 1st place.  With that win Shirley became the Missouri State Fair Idol and she was one of the opening acts for Dwight Yoakam.
Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Ross Green, her parents Guy A and Edith Jones, a step mother, Edith Jones, a sister Catherine Veale, two brothers, Kenneth Jones and Ronald Dean Jones.
Shirley leaves behind her brother Guy Jr Jones, her six children, Elaine (Les) Robinson of Berryville,  Arkansas, Terry (Mary Beth) Green of Gravois Mills Missouri, Gary (Cheryl) Green of Grain Valley Missouri, Brenda Denney of Berryville Arkansas, Tim Green of Branson Missouri, and Steve (Andrea) Green of Independence Missouri.  16 Grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and one great great grandson. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.  Shirley left footprints on the heart of anyone and everyone she met.  She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Reser Funeral Home.  Visitation was held two hours prior to the funeral service from 11:00 until 1:00 P.M.  Graveside services and interment will follow the funeral at the Parrack Grove Cemetery near Climax Springs, Missouri.