Edna Beldon Green passed away peacefully on Friday, February 18 at four in the morning. With her husband Bob and her son John at her side, her last breath came gently joining the out going tide. Edna, known to her local friends as Lacey, succumbed to congestive heart failure at age eighty-nine. Her last two weeks she gathered friends and family around her and those that couldn't come she talked to on the phone. She shared stories and said good-byes with the same graciousness, the same lively clear mind that she exhibited throughout her life. Though definitely not ready to go, she faced her new journey with determination and faith.
Lacey, with her husband of 47 years, Robert Green, lived locally in Seaside, Gearhart, and Arch Cape for the last 24 years. They married in 1963 and lived in Southern California before moving to Lopez Island, Washington in 1978. Lacey loved the ocean and never tired of looking out to the waves and the vast horizon of the sea. She was an avid reader, reading several hours every day. She loved gardening and birds, visiting with friends, doing the daily crossword puzzle and keeping abreast of current events.
Lacey was one of eight children raised by her parents, James Beldon and Harriet Poynter, in rural Kentucky. Throughout her life her family was very important to her and she stayed in close contact with her brothers and sisters. She graduated from Berea college in Kentucky and then studied for her masters at Mills college in California. She moved west when her first husband, Dallas Candy was serving in the war and stationed at San Francisco. They loved the west coast and resolved to stay there. In the Bay Area, life long friendships were formed with neighbors and with participation in a creative amateur theater group. They had three sons, Joe, Mike and John. Lacey took a big interest in her sons and their families, delighting in her seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Lacey taught child development at Santa Ana college for many years. She also taught kindergarten in public schools. She continued always to be interested in how children learn and their joyful innocence.
Bob and Lacey travelled to Europe, Asia and Mexico. They combined talents to make their hopes beautiful, inviting places to host family and friends. Lacey had an enduring interest in and appreciation of life's twists and turns. She was a very good listener and would ponder deeply on whatever you brought before her. She had a ready smile, a lively mind and a loving heart. She will be missed. Lacey walks out along the shore. She is gone but she is with us forever.
Per her wishes, there will be no services. Memorials may be made to the Harriet Poynter memorial fund at Berea College in care of Ocean View Cremation & Burial Service, 1213 Franklin Avenue, Astoria, OR 97130.