March 18, 2023
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.


March 18, 2023
11 a.m.


March 18, 2023
3 p.m.

Mary Louise Thomas Greene of Morganton NC, died Friday, March 10th, 2023 in Wilmington, NC.

Born on September 4th, 1926 in Rebels Creek, Mitchell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Willie Mae Young Thomas and Dewitt Talmage Thomas.

Louise attended Micaville High School and then Blanton’s Business College. After graduation, she worked for the Army Air Force Communications Service as secretary to the Adjutant General. As a wife and mother, she graduated from Western Piedmont Community College with Honors, receiving her CDA license. She practiced as a dental assist in Morganton and taught dental assisting at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. She was an active member of the North Carolina Dental Assistant Association and served as President of the Tri-County Dental Assistant Society. She was proud of her contribution to the UNC School of Dentistry’s training curriculum for future dental assistants of North Carolina. Louise was a devoted member of First Baptist Church of Morganton for over 40 years. She was a leader in the Cauble-Dorcas Sunday School Class. She accepted any opportunity to serve the church’s ministry, her community, and her family throughout her lifetime. A lifelong creative, skilled herbalist, and dedicated homemaker, she was a member of Alder Springs Herb Growers and the Burke Quilters Guild. Her blueberry pancakes and candy cane cookies were legendary.

In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, SgtMaj. George Greene USMC Ret.; and brothers James M. Thomas and David S. Thomas.

She is survived by her son, Thomas L. Greene of Red Hook, NY; daughters, Linda L. Greene Hedquist and spouse John, of Wilmington, NC and Karen L. Greene and spouse, Del Stephens, of Seattle, WA; granddaughter, Kelty-Brooke Bailey and spouse Addison J. Raine, of Chapel Hill, NC, grandson Aaron L.G. Hedquist of Boston, MA; great-granddaughter, Montgomery K. Raine of Chapel Hill, NC; brothers, Harry E. Thomas of Little River, SC and John M. Thomas of Neptune Beach, FL; and her beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 18th, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Morganton, NC. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. in the church with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. and Rev. Fred L. Schuszler officiating. The graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday at Lily Branch Baptist Church in Bakersville, NC.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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I loved this lady, and her family. She took me “under wing” and loved me like one of her own. She solidly supported me through all of life’s turns, and I will never forget that. She modeled being a strong woman, wife, mother and grandmother. A life so well lived!💙💙

—Vickie Monroe Guerry
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I will miss my sweet friend .We had great times in our Herb Group. She was always so happy and a smile for all. Louise did not die she just changed addresses. She is now experiencing all the joy of heaven. Our minds can only imagine what she is experiencing .Love, prayers and hugs.

—Brenda Huffman