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Charisse Yvette Greene
  • July 27, 1957
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  • May 07, 2020

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Charisse Yvette Greene, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1957. She passed away on May 7, 2020. Upon graduating from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown Pennsylvania as a National Merit Scholar, she briefly attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Initially, Charisse was recruited to attend the United States Naval Academy, until they discovered she was a woman. Several years later and still having the passion to serve her country, Charisse entered the United States Navy. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Greene was an Aviation Electronics Technician who went on to duty stations in Orlando, Memphis, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Florida, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Sigonella, Italy and eventually Key West, Florida.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Charisse continued to serve the Orlando community through her service as a Substitute Teacher for Orange County Public Schools. She was highly sought after for her adept skills of being able to keep order in the classroom to provide students with a rich learning environment and experience. While she taught at numerous elementary, middle and high schools, Charisse had a fondness and admiration for the staff of Rosemont Elementary School. The discipline of the Navy would transfer to the classroom under the tutelage of Charisse. Students knew she would be no pushover.

In her spare time, Charisse was an avid reader. She enjoyed Science Fiction books and movies. Charisse was also a Trekkie, and with the throw backs of old television series returning, loved trying to solve the court cases on Perry Mason. Charisse had a love of nature and animals, once rescuing a cat from imminent death. She would later adopt and bring Tigger home from Puerto Rico, although many of us wondered why as Tigger was the orneriest cat many of us ever had the privilege of knowing. Charisse will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Charisse was predeceased by her father, Joseph I. Greene, Jr. She is survived by her loving mother, Helen C. Greene, her brother, Joseph I. Greene III and his wife, Michelle, and sister Artena Greene. Charisse is also survived by her aunt, Sandra Rawls, cousins Tyrell Coates, Sybil Wilkins (Ron), Cindy Coates, Brian Coates, Nathaniel Gilmore, Jackie Greene (James), MacLee Harper (Florence), Marilyn Harris, and Garry Stiles, nephews Joseph I. Greene, IV, Brian Smith and Shane Smith (Alicia).

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Charisse will join her father at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. 


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  1. 09 Jun 2020
    Gertrude Bell says:
    I first met Helen and Joe, two of the finest people I have ever met Later I met Charisse , and she possessed the intelligence, dedication, structure, and love for the teaching profession in Orange County Pubic Schools. Students loved her and respected her as being firm and fair. I will certainly miss her.

  2. 08 Jun 2020
    Georgia Williams-Fitzpatrick says:
    As the first born beloved child of Helen and Joe Greene, Charisse was afforded the best of opportunities to grow into a talented, educated and well traveled woman. Charisse also served in the military and thus allowed her to accomplish her life's dream and serve her country. Her achievements will be remembered.
    Georgia Williams-Fitzpatrick

  3. 08 Jun 2020
    Georgia Williams-Fitzpatrick lit a candle:
    Lit since June 8, 2020 at 6:12:46 PM

  4. 22 May 2020
    Nathaniel Gilmore says:
    My Condolences to you and the family you guys will all ways be in my thoughts and prayers...May the good lord comfort the family

  5. 22 May 2020
    Maria Jackie Green says:
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences for our cousin Helen and the family, Charisse was a brilliant woman and accomplished so much in her lifetime. I will always remember and cherish our times growing up with Charisse, Artena and Joey on the shores of Cape May, NJ. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless you cousin.

  6. 22 May 2020
    Donna says:
    Soror Helen,

    I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope the memories you have of Charisse will keep you smiling as the days go by. I'm sure Charisse knew she was loved. As always, I will keep checking on you in the days and months to come.
    Much love to you,
    Donna Gatling

  7. 20 May 2020
    Margie Wells says:
    Dear Soror Helen,
    Thanks for sharing the legacy of your beautiful daughter.  May her dedication, concern and care to/toward/for family, faith, career and community be fondly remembered and cherished by those whose lives she touched.  May her precious memories wrap you in comfort, peace, and serenity. 
    Sisterly,
    Margie

  8. 20 May 2020
    Sandra Y, Smith says:
    Dear Helen.
    You are in our hearts and our prayers.
    With our deepest sympathy.
    Yvette and Al.

  9. 19 May 2020
    Beverly Davenport says:
    Dear Helen,
    You and family have my deepest sympathy. I did not know her, but Charise sounds like a wonderful person. May God comfort you as you grieve her loss. I will be keeping you in my prayers. Beverly

  10. 19 May 2020
    Joseph E. Saulsby says:
    Helen,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Charisse. You have been a steadfast mother and and an inspiration to all of us as you loved and cared for her. Know now that she will rest safely in the arms of our Savior.
    Sincerely,
    Joseph E. Saulsby

  11. 19 May 2020
    Margaret Appleman says:
    Dearest Helen,
    Your beautiful daughter Charisse gave so much of herself to God and to her Country. She left a beautiful and heartwarming legacy that will always be remembered by the countless lives Charisse touched. Blessings to you and all your family. Love you, Margaret

  12. 18 May 2020
    Sandie McRory says:
    Dear Helen,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I know you miss her dearly. I hope you will find comfort in the Lord and in your many memories during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Sandie

  13. 18 May 2020
    Sandie McRory says:
    Dear Helen,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I know you miss her dearly. May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Sandie (RWC)

  14. 18 May 2020
    Ardrienne Van Jones says:
    Much Love to you and your family! A Parent should never have to bury a child, it should be the other way around. I Pray God will strengthen you and your family as you go through this pain. Just know that JOY comes in the morning. May your faith be stronger!

  15. 18 May 2020
    Barbara Clement-Cox says:
    My Dear Friend and "Sister", I'm so sorry for your loss, but hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that we will all be joined again. Trust in the Lord on this; He's holding you now. You grieve because you have loved. I love you, Barbara Clement-Cox

  16. 18 May 2020
    Mary Lou Johnson says:
    Dear Helen, Curtis and I are so deeply sorry about Charisse's death. She was so talented and lovely. Sometimes it just does not seem fair. What a difference her life made to have served her country with such dedication.
    Charisse truly did............... "Live respected and die regretted."

  17. 18 May 2020
    Janice Saulsby says:
    Soror Helen,
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Charisse. I know that no one can ever replace a child but I also know that you lean and depend on the comfort of our Holy Father. Trust in Him and embrace the wonderful memories of Charisse.
    Love,
    Janice

  18. 18 May 2020
    BARBARA JENSEN says:
    To the Family of Charisse Greene, may Charisse's loving spirit live on through her family and friends. She may be gone from your lives but she lives on in your hearts. May she rest in eternal peace, safe in the arms of the Heavenly Father.

  19. 18 May 2020
    Shamrie Jones says:
    I know exactly what you are going through. The only comfort that I can give is that it gets better with time. Time heals the broken heart. Be strong and God will take care of you and your family. Again, my sincere condolences for the lost of your daughter, Charisse.

  20. 17 May 2020
    Cynthia Henry says:
    My heart goes out to Helen Greene and her family. I have heard so many good about Charisse thru my husband who was her co-worker.

  21. 17 May 2020
    Pauline Marshall says:
    RIP

  22. 17 May 2020
    Lillian Lancaster lit a candle:
    Lit since May 17, 2020 at 5:32:56 PM

  23. 17 May 2020
    FLORENCE ALEXANDER says:
    May Soror Charisse Greene rest in peace. I know her cat Tigger loved her as my cat Tiger, who is now in heaven, loved me. I know that Charisse was a kind, caring person because she loved cats. Charisse was blessed with great parents. Remember the good days that you had with your exceptional daughter . Soror Florence Alexander

  24. 17 May 2020
    Cynthia Enax says:
    My dearest Helen, I am so sorry for your loss. You are a great person and a wonderful mother. Your love sustained Charisse during her most difficult times. She is in the loving arms of Our Saviour now and in peace. She is with Her beloved father, Joe. Helen, you are a special lady and loved by so many. Your heart is warm and gentle. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always, my dear friend. The Rosemont Woman’s Club also sends their condolences and love. We are more than friends. We are sisters. I love you, sweet sister, Cynthia

  25. 17 May 2020
    Jeri Cole Ebbink says:
    Dear Helen & family,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember so many years ago hearing stories about Charisse & your other two kids, and even more recently, your updates on their lives. This is never an easy time, especially when you're not able to complete the remembrance cycle. You and she have many friends who are praying for your peace at this time. Love you! Jeri

  26. 16 May 2020
    Florence & Mack Harper says:
    To our cousin Helen and the Greene family, we offer our condolences. Charisse accomplished a lot in her life and made the family proud. RIP cousin!❤

  27. 16 May 2020
    Robin Frisella says:
    Helen,
    I'm sending love and healing energy to you. I so enjoyed reading more about Charisse-what an amazing and interesting woman! The facts that she tamed Tigger and was a successful Substitute-the toughest job-shows that she had great patience, and valued and respected all lives. Of course, as a fellow Trekkie, I can say that the shows attract those with that mindset. Thank you for raising a wonderful person, and thank you for allowing us to know her a little. Love you~

  28. 16 May 2020
    Laveta Barrett says:
    Dear Helen,
    My sincere condolences go out to you and your family....We know that it isn’t the order of things to bury our children but it’s not our decision, it’s God’s. My heart goes out to you and l can’t even begin to imagine pain that you’re dealing with.... I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers....and in time, l’ll be in touch!
    Love, Laveta

  29. 16 May 2020
    LaTanya Strickland says:
    Such a lovely tribute. The children’s lives were forever changed from Ms. Greene’s impact. Our country was blessed by her service. My deepest condolences and sympathies to the Green family. May God continue to keep you.

  30. 16 May 2020
    Cheryl Graham lit a candle:
    Lit since May 16, 2020 at 5:47:45 AM

  31. 16 May 2020
    Cheryl Graham says:
    My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your daughter, Charisse. I pray God's comfort and strength for you and your family. May you find peace in his love.
    Cheryl Graham
    Apopka Progressive Seniors' Club

  32. 16 May 2020
    Dr. Teion L. Wells Harrison says:
    Dear Soror Helen, Your loss is certainly immense. May God’s embrace bring peace at this difficult time. Please know that prayers are lifted up for you and your family that comfort will be found in each cherished memory of her.

  33. 16 May 2020
    Grace Lias says:
    Dear Soror Helen,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. She had an excellent life of service. God Bless you.

  34. 16 May 2020
    Shirley R. Bradley says:
    To Helen and Children:
    My condolences to you as you all mourn Charisse's
    death!
    She will be missed! Just keep memories of the times that you all
    shared as a family through the years!

    In close friendship,
    Shirley Bradley

  35. 16 May 2020
    Shirley R. Bradley says:
    Dear Charisse:
    May God in HIS infinite love ,
    Grant to you His Loving Arms
    As you Enter to be in His Eternal Care!

    God Bless Your Family Forever!
    Friends of the Family,
    Ernest and Shirley Bradley

  36. 16 May 2020
    Gloria Sanders lit a candle:
    Lit since May 16, 2020 at 5:12:07 AM

  37. 16 May 2020
    Becky Reitzel says:
    Condolences to Helen, Artena, Joseph and all of Charisse's family. Prayers and hugs to you. You and I may wonder why God took her home. But she doesn’t. She is, at this very moment, at peace, in the presence of God. Max Lucado

  38. 16 May 2020
    Tonja Williams says:
    Soror Helen,
    Expressing my heartfelt sympathy and offering a prayer that the tender touch of God above will grant you peace, comfort, and strength during your time of sorrow.

  39. 16 May 2020
    Althea Chavis says:
    Helen,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family in the loss of your daughter, Charisse. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of bereavement and loss, that the Lord will give you strength.

  40. 15 May 2020
    Cynthia Williams says:
    To be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD. Ms.Greene may you and your family be comforted by the memories you all have and the time spent with Charisse. May the LORD continue to strengthen all of you.

  41. 15 May 2020
    Lennell Pittman says:
    Soror Helen I am so sorry for your loss. Charisse was such a dedicated and wonderful substitute teacher. The teachers at Rosemont Elementary loved her dearly. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Soror Lennell Pittman

  42. 15 May 2020
    Dr. Rosita C. Riley says:
    Dear Soror Helen,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your Beloved Daughter. May the memories of Charisse sustain and strengthen you during this difficult time. Please accept me condolences.

  43. 15 May 2020
    Frances L Sealey says:
    Charisse will be missed by all who knew her and her family. God unconditionally loves her and was ready for her to come to Him where there will be no more pain and suffering. Praise God, she is with her father Joe who was a passionate father. Sympathy and Love to all the family. Embrace and enjoy the precious moments you shared together. Condolences from the Eatonville Supreme Senior Citizens Community Club. We love you Helen; my friend and Soror.

  44. 15 May 2020
    Bebe Sutton says:
    My sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter. No parent should have to bury a child. She was a light in every life she touched. With love, Bebe Sutton

  45. 15 May 2020
    Dr. Lorraine Harris says:
    "Farewell, dear voyageur---'twill not be long. Your work is done---now may peace rest with thee. Your kindly thoughts and deeds---they will live on. This is not death---'tis immortality.

  46. 15 May 2020
    Maxine Risper says:
    I hope that reflecting on the wonderful memories that you and Charisse had, will help in getting pass the sorrow.My deepest sympathies for your loss. Maxine Risper

  47. 15 May 2020
    Roxine Roberts says:
    May she rest in peace knowing that she was loved by so many. Roxie ROBERTS

  48. 15 May 2020
    Barbara Burns says:
    Charisse thank you for your service in the military. Thank you also for your work in the classroom. Being a teacher is not an easy job, but your military service help you be what the students needed. May you rest in peace.

    Barbara Burns

  49. 15 May 2020
    Lorraine Calhoun says:
    Rest in Peace... You will forever live in the hearts of all who loved you. A BEAUTIFUL SOUL! Lorraine Calhoun

  50. 15 May 2020
    Soror Shaen Jones says:
    Soror Helen,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God is walking every step of the way with you, and carrying you when the burden gets to be its heaviest. Take care my friend.

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