Yvonne “Evie” Green, Sept. 1931 – Nov. 2022, Topeka, KS
Yvonne (Evie) Green was born Sept 1st, 1931, in Oklahoma City, OK to Mark and Florence Casas Elsea. She passed away on Nov 23, 2022. Evie graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and received her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, where she met and later married Phillip Green. She then worked as an elementary school teacher, helping to put her husband through medical school. Evie and Phillip had three children and the family relocated to Topeka, KS in 1960, where Phillip became an air force psychiatrist and later a resident psychiatrist at the Menninger Foundation. Evie continued to teach in Topeka for the 501-school district and retired in 1975. She also led school field trips for Environmental Education. Evie volunteered throughout her life as a beloved docent and zoo schoolteacher at the Topeka Zoo. She was a member of a small writing club in Topeka called “Write Stuff.” Evie was also a long-time member of the Kansas Authors’ Club and received KAC writing awards for her haikus and poetry. Evie had (2) short stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, most recently in 2019.
She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Green (Topeka, KS), Leslie Green Renzelman (Los Angeles, CA), Jeffrey Green (Eudora, KS) and four grandchildren: Amy Green Esplund (Lawrence, KS), Caroline Renzelman (Los Angeles, CA), Daniel Green (Eudora, KS), Jessica Renzelman (Portland, OR).
Per Evie’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Instead, her family and friends will have a memorial dedication at the Topeka Zoo in the spring - to honor her love of animals and her many years of volunteer service at the zoo.
The family requests in leu of sending flowers, donations be made in her name to the Topeka Zoo or to the local Humane Society (ASPCA).
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