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.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at meeksmortuary.com.