In memory of

Grace Marcella Green

November 26, 1920 - April 21, 2017
From: Sac City, IA
Grace Marcella Green

Grace Marcella Green

Born: November 26, 1920
Died: April 21, 2017
Age: 96
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     Grace Green, age 96, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.  Grace Marcella Duffy was born November 26, 1920, in Williams Township, Calhoun County, IA, to parents Frank and Mayme (Walsh) Duffy.

     Grace attended high school in Sac City graduating with the class of 1938.  After graduation, she worked for Attorney Malcolm Currie and then began her career with Sac County Abstract Company in 1940.  Grace began as the Manager at the age of 20 and bought the company a few years later. She retired in 2013, after 73 years with the Company.  She and her late husband, David L. Green also owned and operated Green Real Estate for many years.  She loved the real estate business and enjoyed helping families find their new home.

     She married David Green on June 5, 1950, in Sac City.  They were blessed with three children Robert “Bob”, Michael “Mike”, and Barbara.

     Grace was a longstanding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City, and a past President as well as a member of the St. Mary’s Ladies Guild, and a past member of Catholic Daughters of America. 

     She loved baking, cooking and entertaining.   Her family enjoyed many years of wonderful holiday dinners with Grace always going way out with her finest china and silver.  She would always say it was good therapy for her.  She will be remembered as an immaculate dresser.  She wore high spike heels every day for many years.  She was generous to a fault.

     Upon the sudden death of her husband, Dave, on August 8, 1958,  Grace found herself widowed with three small children 7, 3 and 3 months.  She threw herself into her work to support and take care of her children.  She didn’t want any handouts and would take care of things herself.  Besides caring for them, her work was her second love.  Many a day, night and weekend, Grace’s car could be seen at her office.  She was a Woman Pioneer in a Man’s World in the 1950’s and 1960’s and many admired her for her courage and tenacity.  The large Crucifix located above the Altar in the front of St. Mary’s Parish was donated by Grace to the parish during its construction, in memory of her husband, David.

     Her grandchildren gave her such joy and she loved watching over them and letting them stay overnight with her.  As they grew older and into sports, many a night she would be on the bleachers cheering with the rest of the fans, sometimes a little overenthusiastically.

     Survivors include her children: son Mike (Jeani) Green and daughter Barbara (Randy) Steinkamp and daughter-in-law Linda Green all of Sac City;  grandsons: David Green (Katie) of Kansas City, MO,  Patrick Green (Mary) of Bowling Green, OH,  Jim Green (Cassie), Ian Green, and Alex Green all of Sac City.  Her great-grandchildren include: Lucy, Hank, Ava, Violet, Emery and Max Green.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law: Donita (Kruskop) Duffy and Janet (Green) Saggau as well as many other relatives and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her husband David L. Green; parents Frank and Mayme Duffy; son Robert Green; sisters Angela O’Connor and Marie Hamm; brothers Francis Duffy and Raymond Duffy; sisters-in-law Collette (Green) Wiseman and Miriam (Green) Von Ahn.


Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
April 25, 2017
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
4:00-7:00 p.m., Monday
April 24, 2017
6:45 p.m., Vigil Service
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:24 PM
“I am sorry being so late with my condolences. I only heard about Grace's passing a few days ago. I always respected her as a business person and appreciated her wit, charm, and grace. She was the best-dressed woman in Northwest Iowa! Always a lot of class. My sincere sympathy to her family.”
- Gregg Knowles
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM
“Dear family. The death of a loved one can be hard to bear. Please take comfort in knowing that your Heavenly Father understands your pain as He too experienced the death of his only son, Jesus Christ. Job 14: 14, 15 shows that God yearns to bring your dear loved one back to life in the future now so near. Please visit the website JW.ORG for more information about this subject. Please accept my heartfelt condolence for your loss.
- pfl
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11:27 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss! What a wonderful lady!”
- Rose
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“I always enjoyed Grace's greeting and friendly smile when I would stop in to take Wendy to lunch. Please accept my deepest sympathy , love and prayers. You have been given a rich heritage! Wendy's mom”
- Doris Harvey
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“I just learned this morning of the passing of Grace. I am sorry for your loss. She certainly had a long and grand life and was a great gal. No one will know the pain in her heart after burying a husband and son. You have my sympathy. I loved Grace. Esther”
- Esther Drey
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Grace was a remarkable lady. Many were beneficiaries of her abilities and generosity.
May she rest in peace.”
- Sheryl Fulcher McGowan
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Mike and Jeani,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. How could she not be proud of you!
Prayers to you all. She sounded like a wonderful lady.

- Mona McDonald
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Although many of Grace's friends and contemporaries have passed away, she will be remembered as an important role model for generations of girls/women growing up in Sac City, showing them that a woman could certainly conduct a successful business career while raising a family. I will remember her as that stylish woman (yes, coming down the aisle in church wearing spike heels, a fox stole and fashionable hat) who radiated confidence. Grace was not one to fade into the woodwork, and I am sure she will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.”
- Susan Jarnagin
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Jack and I send our sympathy to you all. Grace was an inspiration to many of us. She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her work. Take care. ”
- Jack and Jeri Bottenfield
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“so sorry to hear about Grace. I remember her bringing over a casarole for Jan and I when Scott and Mindy were born. She was a great woman and we were proud to have her help me over the years with housing questions.”
- Jim Frederick and jan
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“From the family of Donald Fulcher, we wish to extend our deep sympathy in your time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers for your family ”
- Janis Fulcher Licudine, Lois Fulcher Glad, Dale Fulcher, Roy Fulcher
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your dear mother! She will always be remembered for the gracious lovely lady she always was!”
- Martin & Sharon (Zimmermn) Pearson
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“I remember meeting Grace back in the 80's. What a wonderful classy lady! She made the day brighter with her presence. ”
- Linda Bunting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3:41 PM
“Sixteen years ago Grace helped my daughter, Barb buy her first home! We had so much fun dealing with Grace! What a great lady. When I lived across the alley from Grace and her family, Bob gave me one of his German Shepard pups! Good memories. ”
- Christy Swenson
Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 6:22 PM
“Mike and Jeani, Barb and Randy,
I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be with you at this time. Grace was very special to me, as she was to all of us. The best times of my life were spent during our holidays at Grace's house. She made the big family dinners, had a lovely Christmas tree, the beautiful decorations and a fire burning in the fireplace. We celebrated many Christmases, Easters and Thanksgivings together. There were also the times that I spent vacations at your house and trips to the lake. I treasure those memories. Grace made them all possible and I will be forever grateful to her. She was my second mother. I learned so much from her about strength, character, grace and faith. She was an amazing woman, who loved God and her family beyond measure. I am so blessed to have had her in my life. Her exemplary life leaves a legacy that will live on for many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With love, your cousin, Mary Lynne and Scott”
- Mary and Scott Martin
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