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GREENE MIRIAM HORN JETT
MIRIAM HORN JETT GREENE
MIRIAM HORN JETT GREENE passed away in her beloved apartment on February 22, 2010, of heart failure; she was 96. "Mim" Greene was one of Cleveland's "Four Horn Girls," daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton M. Horn, he a Cleveland attorney residing in Shaker Heights and Lake Lucerne. Descended on both sides from English ancestors who arrived in New England as early as the 1630s. Mrs. Greene also had early Ohio ancestors who came to the Western Reserve in 1811 and 1836. She belonged to the DAR, Early Settlers, and the New England Society. A resident of Shaker Heights until retiring to Cleveland's Judson Manor, she was a graduate of Laurel School (1931) and Mount Holyoke College (1935) and worked a year for Reader's Digest. She was a member of the Junior League, the Intown Club, and the Cleveland Skating Club, as well as a former member of the Country Club. Following her interest in gardening, art, architecture, and decoration, she had been president of the Village and Junior League garden clubs and a member of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and was a founding member of the Women's Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art; her interest in the past was reflected by her memberships in the American Furniture Collectors, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Women's Advisory Council of the Western Reserve Historical Society. She was also a member of the Social Study Club and served as president of the Women's Committee for Children's Services and as trustee of the Children's Aid Society. She was a long-time member of Fairmount Presbyterian Church.
Aside from her college years, Mrs. Greene resided in Greater Cleveland all her life except for two years in Tryon, North Carolina, where her first husband, Richard S. Jett, a retired legal counsel for the Cleveland Trust Company, died in 1965. In 1966, she married John A. Greene, former president of the Ohio Bell and the Michigan Bell telephone companies, president of the board of trustees of Western Reserve University, United Appeal head, and leader in a multitude of other civic and charitable organizations.
Miriam Greene was an enthusiastic and life-long traveler. Her particular hobby in later years was helping to decorate, and then to find renters (often Clevelanders) for two vacation houses in Provence, France, belonging to her son, by whom she is survived. He is Dr. Stephen C. Jett of Abingdon, Virginia, professor emeritus and former chair of the Geography Department and professor emeritus of the Division of Textiles and Clothing of the University of California, Davis. Her daughter-in-law, Dr. Lisa Roberts Jett; her granddaughter, Jennifer Jett (Mrs. Allan Heider), a San Diego attorney; and her great-grandson, Jacob Jett Heider, were frequent visitors in Cleveland.
Mrs. Greene is also survived by her sister, Martha (Mrs. William C. Bradford), as well as by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Cleveland and elsewhere. She was predeceased by her sisters, Virginia (Mrs. Lee Chilcote) and Margaret (Mrs. James H. Foster, Jr.).
In lieu of flowers, donations in Miriam Greene's memory may be made to any of the following: Laurel School, 1 Lyman Circle, Shaker Heights, OH 44122-2199; Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA 01075-1485; Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118; The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; and Judson Retirement Community, 2181 Ambleside Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106.
A memorial service will be held at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard (at Coventry Road), Cleveland Heights, OH, on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 1:30 P.M.; a reception will be held in Anderson Hall immediately following the service. A family interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery.
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