Theresa Greenwood - 77
12/28/1936 - 2/27/2014

Muncie - Theresa Greenwood, 77, went to be with the Lord, with her family by her side Thursday, February 27, 2014, at I.U. Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

Theresa was born December 28, 1936, in Cairo, IL, the daughter of Hubert and Lillian (Williams) Winfrey. Theresa grew up in Decatur, IL and graduated from high school there. She received her Bachelor degree in Music Education from Milliken University in 1959. Theresa obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Ball State University in 1963 and 1976, respectively.

Mrs. Greenwood began her career in East Chicago as an educator before moving to Muncie with her husband in 1961. She taught locally at Anthony, Longfellow and Morrison Mock schools for many years and finished her teaching career specializing in the gifted/talented programs at Burris Laboratory School. She retired from Ball State University as Associate Professor of Elementary Education in 2001.

Mrs. Greenwood was very active in the community, serving on various boards including the American Red Cross, United Way, WIPB, RSVP and Christian Ministries. She was chosen to testify before the White House Conference on Families in 1980 and was runner-up for Indiana’s Teacher of the Year in 1982. In 1989, she received an Eli Lilly Creative Teaching Fellowship to study French at the Universite de Strasbourg in France. She was a former first lady of Kiwanis International for the State of Indiana in 1991-92 and won Indiana’s Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education also in 1991. A gifted poet and writer, she published two books, “Psalms of a Black Mother” and “Gospel Graffiti” and was a frequent contributor for The Star Press as a guest columnist in “The Magic of Learning” series. In 1993, she was recognized as one of the nation’s top teachers on The Disney Channel. In 1998, she traveled to Japan as a Fullbright Memorial Scholar. She was affiliated with the National League of American Pen Women, Kappa Delta Pi/Pi Lambda Delta (education honor society) and was a past president of Sigma Alpha Iota (music fraternity). She was listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who Among Black Americans and Who’s Who in Indiana. Theresa traveled extensively and had the opportunity to visit numerous countries including China, Brazil and all of Europe.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-three years, Dr. Charles H. Greenwood, Muncie; two children, Lisa Renee and Marc Charles; two sisters, Geraldine Alexander, Normal, IL, and Connie J. Stanton (husband, Thomas), Muncie; a brother, Marvin A. Winfrey (wife, Arlene), Atlanta, GA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Greenwood was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Joan Blake, and Joan’s family.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Union Chapel Church located at 4622 N. Broadway in Muncie. Entombment will follow in Elm Ridge Mausoleum.

Friends may call at Union Chapel between 10:00 am and 12 noon on March 8th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Ministries of Delaware County, Inc., 401 E. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47305; PH: 288-0601 or Motivate Our Minds, Inc., 2023 E. Highland Ave. Muncie, IN 47303; PH: 289-1990.

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Corey Thompson - My deepest condolences to Dr. Charles Greenwood and the Greenwood family!! Dr. Greenwood was my 2nd and 3rd grade teacher at Burris in 1978/79, and one of my favorite teachers at Burris!! She will be missed, but I know she is in a better place!! R.I.H. Dr. Greenwood!!
3/6/2014 3:29 PM
3/6/2014 4:48 PM
Stanley Keil - I knew Teresa only in passing but my son has let me know that she had a deeper influence on his development and his enthusiasm for education than any other teacher. Please accept both my condolences and my great appreciation for one of the best teachers Burris has had.
3/6/2014 10:11 PM
Tanya (Norman) January - South Africa - My sincere condolences to Prof. Greenwood, Lisa and Mark. Dr Greenwood was a true inspiration to me as I'm sure to many others. It was an absolute honour and privilege to have been taught by her. She made going to school an exciting experience by finding the most creative ways to teach us. I will never forget Rm119 at Burris where she taught me in the 2nd and 3rd grade (79/80). No other teacher could ever match up to her. She has always remained my all time favourite teacher. What a Great teacher and role-model! Dr Greenwood has surely been God's Gift to us!!
3/7/2014 9:46 AM
Rev. Dr. Deborah Henson-Governor & Family - I extend to you my deepest sympathy and prayers. Dr. Theresa Greenwood exhibited a fine example of Christian love throughout her entire life to all she came in contact with. I feel blessed having known her over the years and really enjoyed our last visit in Tampa, Florida along with you Dr. Greenwood. The Lord is near to the broken hearted. Psalms 34:18, May He provide you comfort at this time.
3/7/2014 10:18 AM
Jenna Clabaugh Dees - Deepest condolences to you and your family. Dr. Greenwood was the most influential teacher in my educational process. She was my second and third grade teacher in 1982-83 when she was runner up as teacher of the year. She believed in me and taught me self starting and increased my motivation to learn. Her teaching methods were idolized when I moved to Alabama and we're shared with my other teachers in my educational process. I tried to keep up with her over the years as a penpal. Rest in peace sweet lady.
3/7/2014 10:32 AM
George Hamori - I wish to send my sympathy to the entire Greenwood family Dr Greenwood Lisa, and Mark: Its hard to believe that I have known you for about 45 years. I will Keep Theresa in prayer at my Indianapolis Church. May God grant everybody to overcome your loss
3/6/2014 9:01 AM
Peggy & Rex Parker - To Charles, Lisa and Mark we send our deepest sympathy. We recall our wonderful days in Halteman Village and Mitchel, Storer and Northside,and Charles - in Carmin's and Nelson's office. Theresa was a lovely, talented lady and we are all the better for having known her. We all share in your loss.
3/6/2014 9:58 AM
Truman G. Pope - My condolences go out to Charles and his family at this difficult time. Theresa was an exceptional lady whose achievements were numerous and phenomenal. She was a credit to her professional, a loving wife and mother. Ball State University and the Muncie Community have lost a truly outstanding lady who did so much for her fellow citizens and her profession. My prayers go out to my friend of over 60 years, Charles. It's difficult to lose a companion of so many years. Her many acts of kindness will be long remembered.
3/6/2014 11:02 AM
Gil Bloom - My deepest condolences to Charlie, Marc and Lisa. I go back quite a time with Theresa. I think our first contact was when I was directing "The Crucible" in the early 60's in which she performed and which I remember fondly. Since then, and for many years, she was our good neighbor. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
3/6/2014 12:08 PM
Melissa Panszi Riebe - My sympathies to the Greenwood Family. I never had the the privilege to have Dr. Greenwood as a teacher, but I was in elementary when she came to Burris and her presence was powerful. As a young girl to see this strong, educated woman as a teacher that was a doctor was so inspiring and impactful. She was Dr. Greenwood. She made a difference. She demanded excellence and she got it. Thank you Dr. Greenwood for being such a wonderful role model. May peace be with your family.
3/6/2014 12:23 PM
Mary Yocum Black - Lisa, you and I were dear friends in high school, and I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I lost both my parents early on, my dad in 1983 and my mom in 1995. Your family was always so welcoming and kind to me when we had sleepovers in your home. I will keep you and your family in my daily prayers. I would love to hear from you, I miss you my friend! Mary Yocum Black 10917 Oak Wind Court Fort Wayne, IN 46845 260-482-1022
3/6/2014 12:52 PM
Lonnie & Carol Steele - Charles and Family Members, We are saddened to hear the news of Theresa's passing. The two of us have fond memories of our times over the years with the two of you. We recall the Indiana District Convention in Merrillville in 1991 when the two of us had the opportunity to serve as the convention chairs for that special event. We remember how special it was to have the two of you make the grand entry into the evening Governor's Banquet as you entered in the restored Model "A" Coupe with a properly dressed driver. We also recall how warmly the two of us were received by the two of you at Kiwanis events, including your work as the leader of songs at the international conventions. Theresa was a model for other governor spouses as she was obvious in her support of your efforts as our district leader. We will sorely miss the goodness and the beauty of Theresa Greenwood. Our sympathy to you and all family members in this time of mourning and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time in your lives. We join you. however, in celebrating the wonderful life Theresa lived as she served the youth whom she taught over the years so very well. We are disappointed we are unable to be in Muncie to interact with all of you this weekend. Lonnie & Carol
3/6/2014 1:49 PM
Sarah Humphrey - Connie Stanton and Greenwood Family, I'm sorry to read of your loved one's passing. Prayers and sympathy.
3/6/2014 11:14 PM
Daryl and Rosalie Adrian - It has always been such a pleasant experience to get to know you both, Charles and Teresa. Our trip to Michigan with you and the College Avenue choir was great, except that Teresa became ill just before one of the concerts. We have the book she wrote and will treasure the fact that we knew her. We are so sorry for your loss but you have a lifetime of memories that will sustain you many times. May you feel the arms of God around your shoulders.
3/7/2014 10:42 PM
Julie (Coley) Werling - Lisa, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Mother I lost my Mom just this past May. Not an easy thing to go through. I miss her terribly. I will keep you and your whole family in my prayers. Your Mom was always so nice to me when we were around. I would love to be in touch, my email address is I have thought of you many times through the years. God Bless...
3/6/2014 12:59 PM
Shannon Schott - Doc, You and your family are in my prayers. "what we once have enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us"...
3/6/2014 1:10 PM
shannon hensley - I am sorry for your loss . I have always respected Theresa for her kindness. I did not know she was so accomplished . That says so much for a women and as a black women in the sixties and seventy's I am prod to know Dr Greenwood and Therisa. I wish I had know her better.
3/6/2014 2:26 PM
Jane Barnette - Dr. Greenwood was one of my earliest inspirations. She recognized something in me that I didn't yet see: the instincts of a fellow teacher. She challenged me to excel academically, but *much more importantly,* she taught me the importance of empathy, kindness, and friendship. She brought me out of my shell in third grade and helped me realize the importance of collaboration. Her leadership continues to inspire me today, as a university professor of theatre. To her family, I extend my deepest condolences, as well as the reminder that she was beloved by so many of us who knew her at that pivotal age: to us, she was a beacon of light.
3/7/2014 7:44 AM
Virginia Leavell - Dear Charles, and family, I was sadden to hear of Therese's passing. She fought a good fight she has finished her course and now she is with the Lord. God bless you and keep you in His care. Love, Virginia Leavell
3/8/2014 6:14 PM
Bob and Debbie Eichhorn - Dear Charles, we mourn with you the loss of Theresa. We have loved and appreciated the both of you through the years. Our times together at Agape were sweet. We pray for the Lord's comfort for you and the family through this difficult time.
3/9/2014 8:49 PM
Prudence Norman - Heartfelt condolences to the Greenwood and Winfrey families for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Norman family, Cape Town, South Africa
3/9/2014 9:00 PM
Jane Bloom Brooks - Dr. Greenwood, Lisa and Marc, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Greenwood's passing. I know all too well the loss you are feeling and I wish you God's grace and peace at this difficult time. Thinking of you all and our good times as neighbors!
3/11/2014 9:09 AM