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Deborah Green

Deborah Ann Green (Hines)

Wednesday, March 18th, 1953 - Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
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In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in her name/memory/honor to: International Bipolar Foundation and/or National Alliance on Mental Illness (may be done through donation tab here on website at links below towards bottom of page under Donations; or on your own).

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OBITUARY

Deborah Ann Green was born on Wednesday, March 18, 1953 at Phelps Memorial Hospital (North Tarrytown) to the late Howard McKinley Hines, Sr. and late Rosalie Hines (Thomas). She was one of six siblings who grew up in Ossining, White Plains and Greenburgh, New York. After graduating from Woodlands High School, she went off to Lincoln University to advance her education and to make her mark on the world. It was there where she met her husband, Moses Green, Jr. They would eventually marry after she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology as a member of the Class of 1975. She had several jobs in Philadelphia between 1975 – 1980 – the most satisfying was serving as an art and recreation specialist at the Community Organization For Mental Health and Retardation, Inc (COMHAR).

They then moved to Southwest Philadelphia and had two sons, Jared Marcus Green and Phillip Jason Green. Deborah was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic depression) shortly after giving birth to their first son. She decided to become a stay at home mom so that she could best nurture her sons. Unfortunately, she and her husband separated in 1989. She moved back to Greenburgh with her sons and lived with her parents. After several years, they finalized the separation in a divorce.

Deborah was known as “Deb”, “Debbie”, “Debsk”, “Mom”, “Ma-i”, “Grandma Green”, “Mrs. Green” and the “Mayor of Schnurmacher”.

She enjoyed music from Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, West Side Story, and gospel music as well as praise and worship songs. Her favorite color was purple and she loved butterflies and rainbows. She enjoyed reading, spending time with family, cooking, eating, putting together puzzles and making collages. She spoke Spanish rather fluently and she really enjoyed talking and laughing. She had an uncanny knack of remembering people’s names and birthdays – and rarely could someone be in her presence without having a smile from ear to ear. She had the best laugh and she loved jokes. One of the last jokes her grandchildren shared was… “What do you call a cow with no legs? … Ground Beef!”

She underwent two brain surgeries of which she was a valiant brain cancer survivor for well over a decade. The family did not know if she would be able to talk after the surgery and radiation. But through much prayer and fasting and through God’s grace – although eventually bound to a wheelchair, she was able to talk, laugh, sing, praise her Lord, tell jokes and enjoy time with her family. She entered the Schnurmacher Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (now the Martine Center) in 2008. There she received loving care until her passing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – her dear son, Phillip’s birthday. During her residence there, she basically gained full brain function and she said that it was because of the power of Jesus Christ. This is where she was known as the Mayor – she knew all the staff and residents by name and knew everyone’s favorite television shows, etc. The staff often remarked that she was a light even to them and they enjoyed caring for her. She had her good days and her bad days but she always found a way to stay positive. She was very proud of her two sons and she received an answered prayer of having a daughter when her first son was married. She enjoyed life as a grandmother and she had the walls of her room plastered with photos of her children, grandchildren and family. She was not a fan of cut flowers because she didn’t want to see them die – so we often showered her with artificial flower arrangements which were beautiful like her – which she loved.

Debbie did not have membership in a church, but she considered the First White Plains Seventh-day Adventist church her family. She appreciated the prayers and visits that she received from several of the members. She was a sincere believer in Jesus Christ and she strived to teach her sons and everyone that she encountered – to trust in Jesus as their strength. She repented of her sins and she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.

She leaves behind to cherish her fond memories: brother, Howard Hines Jr. (Tina); sister, Lisa Lothian (Alrick); sons, Jared (Dr. Camille) and Phillip Green; grandchildren, Lukewinston, Jonathan and Cassandra Green; nephews Duane Hines (Stacy), Aaron Hines (Dabby), Andrew Lothian; nieces Lorrie Bracey, Tonya Craig (Greg), Cynthia Lothian; great nieces LaShanda Egleton, Allayah Bracey; great-great nieces Xyla and Xoriah Collins; and a host of other cousins, family members friends, nursing / medical staff, and neighbors who all loved her very much.


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In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in her name/memory/honor to: International Bipolar Foundation and/or National Alliance on Mental Illness (may be done through donation tab here on website at links below towards bottom of page under Donations; or on your own).
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  • Service

    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Lee's Funeral Home, LLC
    Address
    160 Fisher Ave.
    White Plains, NY 10606
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    A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sun. June 2nd, 2019 as detailed above. In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in her name/memory/honor to: International Bipolar Foundation and/or National Alliance on Mental Illness (may be done through donation tab here on website at links below towards bottom of page under Donations; or on your own). Family requests NO flowers, so if flowers are sent despite family request, as this is a MEMORIAL SERVICE, sending a plant or potted flower is preferable, and would need to be delivered on either Fri. May 31st or Sat. June 1st, 2019 by/before 6:00pm to Lee's Funeral Home. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In LIEU of flowers, the family appreciates/kindly requests contributions be made in her name/memory/honor to: International Bipolar Foundation and/or National Alliance on Mental Illness (may be done through donation tab here on website at links below towards bottom of page under Donations; or on your own)
    Officiant
    Pastor Lawrence McDonald
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019
    Location
    Ferncliff Cemetery Crematory
    Address
    Secor Road
    Greenburgh, NY
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    Private cremation services have already been held. Please see above for public Memorial Service information for June 2, 2019, as well as contribution information in lieu of flowers.

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