Delores Greene (affectionately known as "Dee" and "Nanny") was born June 16, 1941 in El Cajon, California to Roy and Cleo Wallace, but was raised in west Texas and most recently lived in Scroggins, Texas. She passed away peacefully on June 18, 2023 in Tyler, Texas with her family lovingly by her side.
Delores married the love of her life, Jimmy Greene, on November 15, 1957 and was blessed to have raised 2 sons and 3 daughters with him. She and Jimmy were married for 59 years and she missed him terribly after his passing seven years ago. Delores loved her family with all her heart and showed them the importance of family in everything she did.
Right behind her love of family came her love of Elvis, the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. She loved everything about Elvis, which was quite obvious if you ever visited her at home, where her collection of Elvis memorabilia was impressive. When it came to sports, she never missed watching a Texas Rangers game on TV and cherished the times she was able to go to “The Ballpark” with family to see her beloved team in person. She was also a huge fan of America’s team and believed they were the best football team ever, despite the fact that some family members strongly disagreed.
To say Delores was competitive might be an understatement and she played to win, whatever the challenge. She had once played on a women's fast pitch softball team called the “Lady Bees” and her pitching style and speed at which the ball reached the batter was legendary. That pitching arm definitely carried over to her expertise at horseshoes - just ask anyone who ever tried to beat her during the horseshoe competition at the annual 4th of July family gatherings, which began in 1989. She once even delayed her rotator cuff surgery in order to play at the upcoming 4th of July family tournament to maintain her championship title. Delores was also a fabulous cook and loved to cook for her family. She was known for her killer chicken fried steak, as well as her big breakfasts, known as “The Nanny Breakfast”.
Delores was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, as well as her brothers: Clyde Wallace, Brince Wallace, Kenneth Wallace, Dean Wallace, Burt Wallace, and Jimmy Wallace and her sister, Faye Bauder; granddaughter, Kassi Hay
She is survived by her Children: Becky Davis and husband Ray of Quinlan, Texas; Joey Greene and wife Pam of Kermit, Texas; Judy Compton and husband Jeff of Oak Grove, Louisiana; Pam Hay and husband Bruce of Scroggins, Texas; Dale Greene and wife Lee Ann of Abilene, Texas
Grandchildren: Brandi Castillo and husband, Rick of Wylie, Texas; Richard Greene and wife Kristen of Wylie, Texas; Cory Rigdon of Lone Oak, Texas; Lance D. "Cooter" Greene of Yoakum, Texas; Kyle Hay and wife Hannah of Rowlett, Texas; Jamie Shivers and husband Lathan of Monroe, Louisiana; Brittany Hay of Houston, Texas; Katie Greene and fiance Cody Brock of Abilene, Texas; Brandon Wright and wife Tara of Carlsbad, New Mexico; Bradley Wright and wife Cara of New Braunfels, Texas; Jory Davis, Erick Davis, and Derrick Davis of Quinlan, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Sisters: Nell Dennis and husband Raymond; Edith Pelts, Kay Harris and Sherry Reid
Delores’ passing has left a Texas-sized hole in many hearts, but she will be remembered by all who knew her for her love of family, strength, fun spirit, competitiveness, and kindness to all.
Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home-Lavon
2343 Lake Rd
Lavon, Texas 75166
Visitation: Thursday, June 22, 2023 -- 10:00am-12:00pm
Funeral: Thursday, June 22, 2023 @ 12:00pm
Officiating: Randy Tucker
Private inurnment will follow at a later date.