Carolyn May Green, a vibrant force who lit up the world around her, died Jan. 12, 2017. She was 73.
A memorial service will be held at the Loudoun Golf and Country Club in Purcellville, VA, on Jan. 19 at noon.
Green was a talented writer, gardener extraordinaire, compassionate horsewoman, fearless decorator, and gracious hostess. She loved life and tackled a dizzying number of projects with an energy that left most of the people around her exhausted. But her laughter, teasing, and sense of purpose inevitably brought everyone around her along in her wake. She was a careful, attentive listener who cultivated relationships with passion and loyalty.
Green had a remarkable gift for turning her plans into reality. After moving to Hamilton in 1976, she turned a cornfield into an elaborate garden and a rundown farmhouse into a warm, elegant haven. After saving a starving thoroughbred mare, she threw herself into breeding and training race horses and became a fixture at local point-to-point races. After walking into the office of the upstart Leesburg Today newspaper in 1990, she became a relentless investigative journalist, a fine feature writer, and founding editor of Loudoun Magazine, fighting to preserve the best of Loudoun County.
At Valdosta State University in Georgia, she fell in love with Stanley (Bud) Green, an Air Force fighter pilot. Together, they started a family and a lifelong 52-year adventure that led them around the globe. Green lived in and loved France, Italy, Germany and the Outer Banks. She sailed in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and under the Brooklyn Bridge. A keen tennis player, she was co-captain of her USTA team at the national championship and attended Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and Roland Garros. A loyal Nationals fan, she went to opening games and spring training. She threw amazing parties, transforming her family’s bank barn into a magical venue for her children’s weddings and famously popular fundraisers for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity.
Green loved decorating for Christmas, gathering her family around the table at Thanksgiving, listening to Elvis Presley really loud, eating authentic Southern food, and helping raise her grandchildren into joyful, curious people.
Green was born Jan. 11, 1944, in Waycross, GA. She learned her perseverance and strong sense of self from her beloved mother, Elizabeth McIntosh May. May, a widow with three children, turned a talent for smocking into a clothes business that had a 52-year run. A writer to the end, she wrote “Morley: The Intimate Story of Virginia’s Governor & Mrs. Westmoreland Davis” and was at work on a book about her mother.
Green is alive in the memories of her husband, Bud Green, children Craig and Heather Green, sister Betty Warwick, brother John May, and grandchildren Marley and Meghan Green and Lilly Greer.
Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club and Keep Loudoun Beautiful.