Donna Lou Greene

09/29/1938 - 04/24/2019
Service Date: 04/27/2019
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr., Mesa, Arizona

Donna “Lou” Mongar Greene was born on September 29, 1938 and passed away April 24, 2019. She was 80 years old.

Her parents, Gayl Raymond and Eva Bishop Mongar, lived in Osceola, Iowa with Eldon and Phyllis who welcomed Donna Lou to the family.  She was later joined by Lonnie and Richard.  Their family of seven grew up in Osceola, Iowa for seventeen years.

She was very active in high school and extremely proud of being a member the National Honor Society.  She was active in girl’s basketball from fifth grade on. In high school she was a high scorer and free throw champion.

She attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on a basketball scholarship. Lou won a place on the college AAU woman’s basketball team which was ranked second in the nation.

Lou met her husband, Jim Greene in college. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Jim and Lou were married June 11, 1960. Lou taught fourth grade in Mt. Pleasant while Jim finished his degree.

Their first son was born in Mt. Pleasant and died 4 hours later. They named him Craig Arthur.

Jim and Lou both taught in Churdan, Iowa where Cindy was born.  They later moved to Grand Junction, Iowa where Barbie was born.  The family welcomed Debbie and John later to complete their family of six. The family lived in Grand Junction, Iowa for 29 years. They later relocated to Arizona where they started a sporting goods company called Greene’s Athletic Supply.  Lou ran the home-based office while Jim called on many different schools in Arizona.

Lou taught for 13 years in 4 different schools and 2 years as a teacher’s aide in a resource classroom.

Lou had many interests and hobbies.  She loved the Lord Jesus and spent 25 years in various bible studies.

She was interested in art studies and read widely about art history. She loved to play bridge and played in several different groups. She was a member of East Valley Friends and Neighbors. She was a member of Broadway Christian Church where Lou attended Bible Study.

Daughter Cindy (Bryan) Stoll reside in Becker, Minnesota. Jim and Lou have 3 children residing in Arizona. Barbie (Richard) Hammitt, Debbie (Patrick) Ryan, and John Greene. Grandchildren are Eric and Alex Stoll; Austin, Spencer, and Kendra Hammitt; and Kalina and Makani Ryan.

A highlight in the family’s life was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Palm Desert, California.  The family spent several days at a resort with their 4 children, spouses, and all 7 grandchildren.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents Gayl and Eva Mongar, two brothers, Eldon, and Lonnie Mongar, and brother in-law, Wayne Black, aunts, uncles, sister in laws, cousins, and their infant son.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Condolences

  • Gina Kennedy-Brown

    My deepest sympathies to Barbie and the Greene family. I was a good friend with Barbie growing up in Iowa and spent a lot of time at the Greene’s house. You couldn’t ask for nicer or better people. Lou was a devoted and loving mother. Thinking about you Barbie and sending prayers your way!

  • Matt and Jamie Moses

    I loved lue. She had an infectious smile and soulful laugh her kindness is unmeasurable she will be missed. Peace fills my heart with knowing she is home with our Lord Jesus.

  • Russ and Barb Nelson

    Dear Jim, john and girls, we have had the immense pleasure of becoming great friends with Jim and Lou when we bought a condo in Az 8 years ago, whereJim and Lou lived. What wonderful people, so eager to include the ‘new people’….not only that but if you needed help..they were there. We are soooooo blessed to know them as well as we do. Life was better once you met the Greene’s. They are our forever friends and Jim, I promise you will not be ‘for gotten’ about. John, you are a great son and we have loved getting to know you and care so deeply about you, too. Lou, you will be so missed, your smile was infectious and the love in your family, the same. A great woman and the true definition of ‘lady’, we love and miss you Lou. God bless you all. Love and peace of mind to you. Russ and Barb Nelson

  • I would like to offer my deepest condolences to your family. In times like these the Bible have proven to be of great comfort. The Bible book of John chapter 5 verses 28 and 29 holds out the hope of resurrection for our loved ones who have past; and Joshua chapter 21 verse 45 let’s us know that God fulfills his promises. I hope that these Bible verses will bring your family some comfort. For further comfort please visit jw.org

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