Joyce Marie Green, 73, of Ottawa, Kansas, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, Ottawa. A reception will be held immediately following the service at The Bottle House, 204 S. Walnut, Ottawa. Cremation is planned. Inurnment Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Kansas. The family suggests memorial contributions to First United Methodist Church or Franklin County Cancer Foundation c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, KS 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Joyce’s Tribute Wall at

Joyce was born June 27, 1946, in Ottawa, the daughter of Lloyd Albert and Agnes Chastain (Baker) Schweitzer. She grew up in rural Princeton, Kansas, until she was 18 and then she and her mother moved to Ottawa, where she lived while attending college. Joyce lived in Baldwin City, Kansas, from 1969-1971, returning to Ottawa where she made her home until her death.

Joyce graduated from Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Kansas, with the class of 1964; Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, with a dachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1968 and a masters in elementary counseling in 1974.

Joyce was united in marriage with Robert Ward “Bob” Green on Dec. 27, 1971, at the First Baptist Church in Ottawa. He survives of their home.

Survivors also include daughter, Amy, her husband, Dr. Beatty Suiter, and their children, Emily, Sydney and Audrey Suiter, of Overland Park, Kansas; son, Jason L. Green and wife, Alysia, and their children, Hudson Lloyd and Vivian, of Olathe, Kansas; brother, Jerry Schweitzer and wife, Marguerite, of McPherson, Kansas; sister, Lois Gray and husband, Howard, of Pratt, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Agnes Schweitzer, and sister, Jeanne Sackman.

Joyce taught fourth grade at Wellsville Elementary School from 1968 to 1972; was an elementary school counselor at Sacred Heart School, Lincoln Elementary School and Eisenhower Elementary School, all in Ottawa. She also held the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor and did professional counseling.

She was a member of Ottawa First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, New Dimensions Circle and served on the Executive UMW Board; PEO Sisterhood, Chapter GL and Beta Sigma Phi.

She enjoyed visiting her grandfather’s home in Switzerland and visiting Australia, Italy and Japan and many wonderful trips in their motor home. Her children were her ministry and she showed it by her love and attention to them.