Obituary: Betty Jean Green (Dec. 5, 1931 - Apr 6, 2012)

By Submitted April 11, 2012 05:39 pm

Betty Jean Green, born December 5, 1931, in Fort Dick, went to be with the Lord on April 6, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the granddaughter of Headman, Frank Hostler of Howonquet of Smith River and of Headman, William Scott of Nelechudun and the great-granddaughter of Yontockett.

Betty was a lifelong member and State Elder of the Smith River Indian Shaker Church; she was a Tribal member of Elk Valley Rancheria and served on Tribal Council from 1985 to 2000. After helping to establish the United Indian Health Service she continued to serve on the Board for 35 years. And she spent her life fully immersed in her culture, attending as many dances, ceremonies and gatherings as time would allow. She helped create the “XUS-WE-YO” Tolowa language book to help preserve the language of the Tolowa people.

The things she loved and enjoyed were taking pictures—she always had a camera in her hand—bowling, playing bingo and spending many hours on the beach looking for nacets and aggets. She has traveled many places to represent her Native people.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Hostler and Laura Scott Hostler; husband, John Green; daughter, Brenda Green Blake; brothers, Thomas Brundin and Frank and Elmer Hostler; sister, Darlene Richards and her grandson, Jordon Green Lara.

She is survived by her son, John D. Green Sr. and wife, Wanda; sister Viola Richards (William Sr.); grandchildren, LaWanda Quinnell (Matt), David L Gensaw Jr. and John Green Jr., Betty Toscano (Pedro) and Brendan Gensaw (partner Stephanie Huff); great-grandchildren, Tanner, Walker and Willie Gensaw, Caitlin, Akyah, Jaden, Gwen, Malahki, Nevaeh Green, Haydee Toscano, Virginia Quinnell, and Chase Adams.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel in Crescent City on Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. A wake will be held at the Smith River Indian Shaker Church on Tuesday evening starting at 6 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at the Smith River Indian Shaker Church at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at the Elk Valley Rancheria Cemetery located off Howland Hill Road in Crescent City.

Family and friends are invited for fellowship following services at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center located next to the Tribal office.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City, Calif.

— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel