Joanne Green | The Gazette

Joanne Greene

Indianapolis, Ind.

Joanne Greene, 78, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Oct. 2, 2022, at home and surrounded by family holding her hand. She was born on May 8, 1944 in Indianapolis, the daughter of OC and Mary B. Shockley. Joanne was a 1962 graduate of Rockville High School. She earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University and was employed by US Steel Corporation for seven years. She quit working outside the home to raise her two children while living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

After returning to Indianapolis, Joanne was employed by the American Legion’s National Headquarters, where she was part of the team that helped prepare for the annual Legionnaires’ National Convention. Later, her desire to work closer to home led her to take a position with Sallie Mae as a loan consolidation specialist for six years before retiring to be with her husband and children. While bravely battling rheumatoid arthritis for 34 years, Joanne will always be remembered for being a cheerful, positive person who loved people and a good joke. She was an avid reader and a devout United Methodist. Joanne especially adored her granddaughters and felt lucky to be involved in their lives and weekly activities before her passing.

Joanne is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Russell L. Greene; children, Kimberly “Kimmy” Greene (Donna Scalf) and Russ “Rusty” Greene (Michelle Greene); and her granddaughters, Madison and Norah.

She was predeceased by her beloved parents, OC and Mary B. Shockley; the grandparents she spent many years with as a baby, Oscar C. Sr. and Leah Shockley; and aunt and uncle, Quinton and Barbara Shockley.

A Celebration of Life service will be held close to Joanne’s birthday in May 2023. An announcement of the location and time of the service will be posted on her CaringBridge website in the coming weeks. Condolences can also be posted on her CaringBridge site, Memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Foundation, Final arrangements and care entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel.

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