February 9, 2021

Shirley A. Greene

October 3, 1945 ~ January 23, 2021

Shirley Ann Greene

Sunrise: October 3, 1945  Sunset: January 23, 2021

Shirley Ann Greene, 75, departed this life on January 23, 2021, after a brief hospitalization. She retired as a supervisor in the v-belts and hose division from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Lincoln, NE, and earned several department awards in her 32 years of service.

Shirley, the second of six children born to Willie Mae and Robert Charles Greene, Sr., was born on October 3, 1945, in Palatka, FL. She attended Shiloh Baptist Church where she was baptized and sang in the junior choir.  She attended Central Academy Elementary and High schools and participated in the high school band where she played the clarinet. She pursued her career interests and earned a certificate as a Nursing Assistant and worked at Putman Memorial Hospital in Palatka.  In 1974, Shirley picked up the family and moved to Lincoln, where she pursued a position with Goodyear.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, and servant of the Lord.  She loved cooking, shopping, fishing, gardening and spending time with her family.

Shirley was a devoted, diligent and dependable steward of the Lord; she was an Ordained Elder of Zion Restoration International Ministries, Inc. in Lincoln, where she served on the Trustee Board and was an intercessory prayer warrior, outreach minister, administrator, and treasurer for more than 20 years.  One of her favorite scriptures was, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him.” Romans 15:13. She praised God for the many blessings He had shown her through all she was called to do for His glory.

For 24 years, Shirley made an annual pilgrimage to celebrate Thanksgiving and to visit with her siblings and extended family in Miami Gardens, FL. It was a great opportunity also to enjoy time in her home sunshine state. Shirley was much beloved because she was kind, selfless, compassionate, and willing to support others.

She is survived by her two children Renae Roberts and Jeffrey Hughes; grandchildren, Bryce and Dominique Cherry; stepchildren, Carol (Anthony) Perkins, Regina Green, Cartrey Green Jr., and Ricky Green, all of Lincoln, NE, Charles Gwynn of Columbus, OH, and Yalandra Hughes, Yvette Hughes Watson and Wonda Wilford of Palatka. Her five siblings, Barbara Nelson, Norma Wiggins (Norris), Robert Charles Greene (Sylvia) and Richard Greene (Contrina) of South Florida, and Jackie Greene (Cynthia) of Washington, DC; and a bevy of nieces, nephews, grand- and great grandchildren; grandnieces and grandnephews, other family members and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by two of her children, Christopher and Lisa Hughes, her parents, and former husbands Cartrey Lee Green and Buster Hughes, Jr.

Funeral viewing on Friday, February 12, at 11 AM, service at 1 PM and may be seen on the Wyuka Cemetery and Funeral Home YouTube channel or HERE. Funeral attendance in person is COVID-restricted to immediate family only. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Shirley Greene to the People’s City Mission: P.O. Box 80636 Lincoln, Ne 68501.


  1. May God give you all strength and peace at this time of your loss! I loved Shirley, we had many laughs and fun at Goodyear. She will be truly missed by me! Sending hugs to all her family!

    Petra Misner

    • She was a great person, I worked with Shirley at Goodyear, always smiling and helpful or just to stop and see how you were. Her smile i will always remember. Rest in peace my friend.

  2. My condolences to the Family.

    • I loved Elder Shirley. She was such a loving and kind Woman of God. She had such a sweet spirit. I’m a somewhat sad, but I know she is rejoicing in heaven. She will have no problem praising God. My prayers to her family and church family. Blessings! Pastor Janet Goodman Banks.

  3. I truly loved Miss Shirley. We went to the same beautician and shared many hours laughing and talking. She had such a sweet and beautiful spirit about her and was always so kind to me. She was so very wise and God-fearing which commanded a high level of respect from all who encountered her. My condolences to her family. I know you all will miss this wonderful woman!

  4. I always kept in my Spirit Elder Mother ,to me she was the Mother Of ZRIM.A very welcoming Mother alway’s smiling inWorshipping Our God i’m sure she’ll truly be missed by many. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have done my best in the race I have run the full distance, and kept the Faith the Victory prize of being put right with God.Love Always Your Michigan Family. Rest easy Mother Shirley

  5. I will forever miss you my lady, I can still hear you calling me “Sweetheart” or “Darling” and no one said it quite like you. The way you treated me was a true extension of Christ himself. When I came to ZRIM I had never really belonged to any church, I didnt know what to say or how to act. You would take me by the hand and whisper, “just be yourself”. When I was sick and couldn’t walk you came to my home and cooked for me. You treated me like a family member every time I was around you and for that I’m forever grateful. You carried yourself with a grace and power that showed everyone around you that you where truly a child of the King. Thank you for not only talking the talk, but walking it out until the very end. Today is a tough day for earth, however it is a celebration for Heaven. We love you my Elder.

  6. I enjoyed working with Shirley. She always had a big smile and made you feel good. She had a fun, mischievous side to her that made work fun and she was a good supervisor to work for

  7. Have many great memories with Shirley talking about life and laughing a lot! She was a genuine and caring friend . My wife’s name was also Shirley and one time someone yelled at me Shirley’s on the phone I answered hi baby what you wearing? Shirley didn’t miss a beat with her patented darling I don’t know how that’s your business but bring home some milk! She was a joy and I loved her!

  8. My condolences to all of the family. Shirley was indeed a loving, kind, caring, peaceful, giving, compassionate and genuine woman of God. Her warm and gentle smile could make all your troubles melt away. She was so full of life, love, joy, and wisdom. Her presence will be missed by all that she touched during her time here in this foreign place we call earth. Though she has departed from this earthly place, she is home with our Heavenly Father. May her legacy live on in all who love her and be an inspiration for daily living until we see her again.

    As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. ~ 2 Tim 4:6-8

  9. There are special moments and memories of Mrs. Shirley one never will forget therefore stay strong as she is in Gods Loving Arms. 🙏🏾🙏🏾

  10. Love working with her she was as nice a person you could wish to work with.

  11. 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿Our Deepest Condolences And Prayers To The Family! We Love Y’all.

  12. I knew who Shirley Green was for a long time. I didn’t see her often, but I knew she was Renae’s mom, worked at Goodyear, she had lost a son, And was step mother to my good friends, whom I had grown up with. I met Jeff later when he moved back to Nebraska.

    But It was when I came to the ZRIM Ministry in 2005 that I met the Christian Servant Shirley Green. The heart of the ministry. Not long after that she was ordained as the  “Elder” and will always and forever be Elder Shirley to me.  She truly walked in that gift and in the office of an Elder.

    She was always there to welcome every one in, with open arms, a smile, and a helping heart. Elder Shirley would  always say “if there is anything I can do, let me know”…And she meant that!

    We broke much bread together, had many conversations and countless prayers together.  I always could count on her saying God is in control honey, all we gotta do is wait on him.  There was always prayer with Elder Shirley!!

    I thank God for the time he allowed me alongside of her.

    She loved her family immensely and always looked forward to her trips to visit in Florida.

    She could be ill herself and still looking to help…however she could. When Renae called to tell me she was hospitalized and had her phone. I texted her love and prayers.  And she called me!!

    That was just like her…feeling terrible yet calling to ask how you’re doing”  thinking of others…she held that love and care for others.

    Elder Shirley rest in heaven my dear friend and confidant. We love you.

    Peace be unto the family.
    To God be the Glory


  13. Sending our love, condolences, and prayers to the entire family. Aunt Shirley was always so loving and welcoming. Her spirit and energy was positive and contagious. We will miss her! May Aunt Shirley Rest In Peace, and rest in God’s power.

    The Masons


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