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Joan L. (Christiansen) Green

July 28, 1944 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Joan Green Obituary

Joan Green, 79, of Oxford, passed away peacefully at her home on March 3rd, 2024. Services will be held at The Knolls of Oxford at 10:00 am on April 12, 2024.  

Joan Lee Christiansen was born on July 28, 1944, in Davenport, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Herbert Christiansen (2001) and Donna Mae Geertz (2017), and her husband of nearly 54 years, John Montgomery Green (2020).

After attending Davenport Central High School, where she graduated with honors and served as the yearbook’s editor-in-chief, Joan entered Drake University in Des Moines. Majoring in French and English, she graduated with honors and a degree in Education in 1966. During her college years, Joan was the chapter president of Delta Gamma sorority; served on the editorial staff of her college yearbook; was a member of Angel Flight (an honorary auxiliary to a Drake Air Force ROTC unit) and Mortar Board (a scholarship, leadership, and service honor society); served as president of Phi Sigma Iota (an honorary romance language fraternity); was crowned Miss Drake in 1964 and Greek Week Queen in 1965; and in her senior year, was listed in Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities.

Following her graduation, Joan married John M. Green on August 27, 1966, in Davenport, Iowa. After working for Better Homes and Gardens in Des Moines for several years, she and John became the proud parents of Matthew (1968) and Lee Anne (1971). In 1977, after moving to Nebraska, Joan used her extensive needlepoint design knowledge to embark on a career in the needle art business opening the Stitching Post needlework and yarn shop. After moving with her family to Oxford in 1987, she continued with her needlepoint and cross stitch business, now known as Designs by Joan Green. In more than 40 years, she created more than 3,200 needlepoint, counted cross stitch, counted beadwork, and beaded jewelry designs, and wrote, designed, or contributed to more than 115 pattern booklets and 24 full-length books. During her long career, Joan won many awards in the craft and needlework industry; served as a monthly columnist for Crafts Magazine and as national president of the Society of Craft Designers; Editor of the Society of Craft Designers Newsletter; had her designs featured in 12 consumer publications and large mail order catalogs; was honored when one of her ornaments was chosen for the White House Christmas tree; and had one of her designs featured on “Needle Art Studio,” a PBS show. During the last several years, her fellow residents at The Knolls were treated to several exhibits celebrating her 40-plus years as a needle artist.

An incredibly active and vital person, Joan’s zest for life and learning never waned. She was a prolific reader; a lifelong lover of bridge and games of all stripes, interior decorating, house design, fashion, and jewelry; and an accomplished cook who authored a cookbook combining her love of cooking and entertaining with many of her food-related needlework creations. She was an inveterate traveler with a special interest in international travel and other cultures, as well as a great lover of nature, art, music, and poetry, which brought her a lifetime of immense satisfaction. Many of her wide-ranging interests resulted in her being a valued member of countless organizations and groups such as P.E.O., various book clubs, Current Events Club, numerous bridge groups, a Bible study group, and a Sunday afternoon “Games Group.”

Although self-reliant and independent, Joan was sorely tested and challenged by husband John’s many health problems during the last decade of his life. After serving as a wonderfully supportive helpmate, advocate, and caretaker, she received her own cancer diagnosis in 2022. Despite the devastating news, Joan’s unflagging optimism, courage, and grace in the face of increasingly daunting health challenges set a wonderful example for family and friends. She never surrendered her belief that she was extremely blessed in having the support of her family and her many loving and caring friends.

Above all else, the real touchstone of Joan’s life was her family. Until the very end, she stayed completely involved in the activities of her two children and four grandchildren, enjoying and celebrating their accomplishments and the wonderful people they’d become. Her infectious love of games of all kinds instilled a tradition in the entire family.  Time spent over the years will be cherished by her grandchildren and certainly carried forward for generations to come.  Joan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law (Matthew & Paula Green, Oxford, OH); her daughter and son-in-law (Lee Anne and David Vitatoe, Virginia Beach, VA); her four grandchildren (Nico and Luca Vitatoe and Valerie and Norah Green); and her two brothers and their wives (Dana & Patty Christiansen, Gresham, OR, and Scott & Carol Christiansen, Iowa City, IA).

In lieu of flowers, it was Joan’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations.  Her passions were reading, arts/culture, and the Oxford Community. This link allows you to select various Oxford projects and she was a regular contributor to the arts/culture, beautification, and Lane Public Library. Additionally, she was a member of the Women’s Giving Circle and donations can be made with this link selecting the Women’s Giving Circle.

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April 12, 2024

10:00 AM
The Knolls of Oxford


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