, Muskogee, OK


April 14, 2013

Donne Nel Green

1926 – 2013

— Donne Nel Green, 86, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at her home in Muskogee. Born in Lees Summit, Missouri, on October 5, 1926, she was the daughter of Fred and Jewel Baker. She attended school in Madill and Frederick, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma College for Women, (OCW) Chickasha, in 1947 with a B. A. in mathematics. Following graduation, she was employed at the Oklahoma State Department of Health in Oklahoma City.

She and Dr. James Lanis Green, Jr. were married October 21, 1950, in Oklahoma City. After living in Cleveland, Ohio, Ada, Oklahoma, and Presque Isle, Maine, they established their home in Muskogee in 1954 where Doctor Green practiced medicine.

The most important part of Donne Nel’s life, outside her home, was the First Baptist Church where she was a member since 1954. She taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union. She was a faithful member of the Co-Ed Class.  She was a visitor to the homebound and a prayer warrior in the church prayer room. She had a special love for the mission work in Aldama, Mexico, and visited there many times.

Donne Nel was a member of the East Central Oklahoma Medical Alliance where she served as President and State AMA-ERF Chairman. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter C J where she served as President and as a delegate to the International Convention. She was a member of the Muskogee Service League. She had served on the O.C.W. Alumni Board and on the Board of the Lakewood Girl Scout Council. She had worked as a volunteer at Muskogee General Hospital. For many years, she was a member of the Women’s Golf Association at Muskogee Country Club where she played with the nine-holers and claimed to be their worst player. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and had visited every continent.

Donne Nel took great pleasure in the company of a group of retired doctors and their spouses who call themselves the “Chicken Eaters” who meet every Tuesday evening.

She was a member of a small bridge club for over thirty years and considered these women among her dearest friends.

Mrs. Green was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James L. Green, Jr. on June 3, 2006, her parents, two brothers, Fred Wrandell Baker and Paul Eugene Baker. She is survived by a son, James L. Green III and his wife, Peggy, of Deale, Maryland, a daughter, Lanice Ann Shanks of Bixby, Oklahoma; one brother, John Baker of Longmont, Colorado; two nephews, Phil Baker of Chicago, Neal Baker and his wife, Aletha, and son, Luc, of Richmond, Indiana; step-grandchildren, David and Zelma Pugh, Mechanicsville, Maryland; Rico and Virginia Aris of Lusby, Maryland; and three great-grandchildren, Toni Howell-Aris, Sierra Aris, and Ethan Aris, all of Lusby, Maryland.

Funeral services for Donne Nel will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Lance Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lottie Moon International Missions Offering, First Baptist Church, 111 S. 7th St., Muskogee, OK 74401 or to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, 3800 N. May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at


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