Dr. Gussie Lee Green was born in Marion, Alabama on January 31st, 1947. She departed this life to go to her heavenly home on November 16th, 2021. Gussie was the second born out of five children to Lloyd Edward Green and Queen Esther Green.
She moved to Fort Wayne with her family in 1950 when she was 3yrs old. Gussie joined Pilgrim Baptist Church where she was a member of the Baptist Training Union under the leadership of Rev. Sam Shade Jr. Later in life she joined Light of the World Christian Church under the leadership of Pastor Cornelius Hill, Jr. She was active in the marching band at Central High School and Ball State University where she played the clarinet and even got to attend and march in the Rice Bowl in 1967.
Gussie loved all things math related, especially teaching. After graduating from Central High School in 1965, she went on to study mathematics at Ball State University, where she earned her Bachelors and Master's degrees in Mathematics for Secondary Education. She later went back and also earned her Doctorate degree in Education, also from Ball State University in 1983. Gussie helped educate generations of students at Fort Wayne Community Schools, where she spent the entirety of her professional career. She was a teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) for over 50 years and she spent 45 of those years at Northrop High School. At Northrop alone, oftentimes she ended up teaching the children and grandchildren of former students. She loved the game of basketball and supporting her students, so she spent more than 20 years as the statistician for Northrop’s boy’s basketball team. She made so many close friends and built lifetime bonds with the faculty and staff there.
In 1974, Gussie became an active member of the greatest sorority in the land, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated without pause. She earned Lifetime membership, and still up until her passing, worked tirelessly with her chapter. She served on many committees, and served as the chapter treasurer for many years. Gussie attended every Regional and National Conference she possibly could. There were very few days that she was not involved in some sort of chapter activity, or at the very least, wearing her treasured pink and green. Her sorority sisters meant the world to her, she took the term sisterhood very seriously and would do anything to support, love, or just spend time with them.
In July of 1977, Gussie became a mother. She adopted a baby girl and named her Aletha Calandra Green. She was a forever blessing to Aletha. Gussie meant the world to Aletha and Aletha meant the world to her.
Gussie was preceded in death by her dear mother, Queen Esther Green, her loving father, Lloyd Edward Green, her oldest brother, Lloyd William Green, and her baby sister, Patricia Irene Green.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Aletha Calandra Green of Detroit, MI, her adoring grandchildren, Alandra Lee Green, Mikayla Eve Schaab, and Aidan Isaiah Green all of Fort Wayne. Her sister, Ella Mae Green, her brother, Charles Edward Green, and her sister, Mary L. Fuller, all of Fort Wayne, IN. Her beloved nieces and nephews, whom she doted on like her own children, Aretha C. Green, Antoya C. Green, of Fort Wayne, IN, and Andre C. Edwards of Slidell, LA. Great nieces and nephews, Andre C. Edwards Jr., Haley C. Shaw, Ava C. Green, and Aja C. Green who all refer to her as “Nana”. Cousins that were more like sisters and brothers to her, friends, colleagues, and her sorors.
Gussie was a treasure to all of us. To know her, was to love her. She was one of the smartest, most caring, and funniest people you could ever meet. She always had a piece of well thought out wisdom to offer, and had an unforgettable laugh. Her family and friends are forever thankful for the time God allowed her to be with us. She will never be forgotten.