Beverly Green, dearly loved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, died peacefully on June 18, 2017 in Meridian, Idaho. Beverly was born May 9, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Winifred Anscomb Coe and Thomas Melroy McLaughlin.
Beverly had a quick wit and a bright sense of humor. She was kind, thoughtful, and wise. Her desire to learn persisted throughout her life, and she instilled that boundless curiosity and love of learning in her children.
The happiness of her early years was evident in many cheerful stories Beverly shared about life with her mother and her grandparents, Harry and Jessie Coe, in Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania as they persevered “during the depression.” Beverly attended schools including the Villa Maria Academy in Erie. When she was 16, she moved to California with her mother, stepfather, and brother, and she graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1946. After graduation, she worked at Harris’ department store in San Bernardino as an assistant manager in the stationery department. Her California memories included the fragrant orange groves, long days at the beach with friends, and the sounds of the big bands and USO dances. She joined Beta Sigma Phi in San Bernardino and was an active member of the sorority for over sixty years.
She married Percy G. Green, Jr., a career Air Force officer, and devoted herself to the role of military wife and mother. The family made many wonderful friends and fond memories over the years as they lived in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Japan, Massachusetts, and Ohio.
A friend in Idaho Falls persuaded Percy to come out west to work in his irrigation business, and by 1974 the Greens were relocated there. Beverly and Percy enjoyed many happy and active years in Idaho Falls. Beverly was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a sales associate in housewares for The Bon Marché for fourteen years. She pursued many interests including reading, writing, bible study, ice skating, and even middle eastern folk dance. She became a certified Advanced Master Gardener through the University of Idaho. She joined Idaho Garden Clubs, Inc., serving as State President 1993-1995. For many years she was Pacific Region Chairman for National Parks and State Scholarship Chairman. She enjoyed organizing and attending regional, state, and national Garden Club meetings and conventions.
After Percy’s death in 2003, Beverly remained in Idaho Falls until moving to Meridian in 2012 to live near her daughter. Her family extends special thanks to the staff of Edgewood Spring Creek Ustick Assisted Living in Meridian for their loving care throughout Beverly’s years of residence there.
She is survived by her sons, Vice-Admiral USN (Ret.) Kevin P. (Kathleen Donohue) Green of Oak Hill, Virginia, John C. (Janene Schmidt) Green of Goose Creek, South Carolina, and daughter Lynn (Steve) Fouts of Meridian, Idaho, a stepson Michael (Liz) Green of London, Ohio, and stepdaughter Mary (Errin) Procknow of San Marcos, Texas, a sister Mrs. Barbara (Wendell) Roth of Egin, Idaho, and a brother, Mr. David Cotner of Tucson, Arizona. Percy and Beverly Green’s family includes 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, her father and mother, her stepfather Harold Cotner, and a brother, John T. McLaughlin.
A memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery where Beverly will be laid to rest beside her husband.