Martha Ray Chase Greene of Easton, daughter of the late James Frank & Lillian Louise Chase, was born September 14, 1912 in Harmans Maryland. While at home she departed this life and went to glory on Thursday, September 30, 2010 after a long illness. She was the 10th child of 12 children. She attended Harmans Elementary School in Anne Arundel Co., graduating as Valedictorian. Ray graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Md in 1930. With a strong desire to teach, she entered Bowie Normal School, now Bowie State University, receiving a teacher certificate in Elementary Education graduating as Salutatorian. She started summer courses at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, preparing for a B.S. degree, credits transferred to Morgan State College where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in education. Ray, did graduate work in extension or management courses at University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Salisbury State College, Salisbury, MD, Chesapeake College, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. She went to University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and received a certificate in Adult Basic Education. Mrs. Greene began her teaching career in Talbot County at the age of 19. She taught grades 1-7 in a one-room school, at Miles River Neck. She was later transferred to a one-room school in Unionville and from there, to Wittman Elementary, another one-room school . When Talbot County's one-room schools were consolidated, she went to Glenwood Elementary, Easton, MD, teaching grades 2-6. Later, she moved to Easton Middle School to teach. In June 1976, after 44 years of service in Talbot Co., Martha Ray retired. However, she continued teaching by tutoring children and helping adults to obtain a GED. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to John Wesley Greene on December 15, 1946. Their union was completed with the adoption of a baby girl, Corrine. Ray enjoyed traveling together with her family, attending church together, respecting and honoring God in the home, as a family. Martha Ray was an eloquent speaker, a fluent writer of poetry and a dramatic literacy artist. Mrs. Greene was an active member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Hanover, MD., as a child. Shortly, after transferring her membership to St. Stephen's AME Church in Unionville, she became the organist. She played the organ for more than 60 years. Her passion and love for God and teaching led her to teach hymns of praise as the Choir Director. She held many positions, faithfully in the church, missionary, steward, church secretary, Delegate to Annual Conference, a member of the finance committee, editor of the weekly church bulletins, coordinator and teacher of weekly Bible Study classes, Sunday School Superintendent, Children and Adult Sunday School teacher (she taught until her illness), Area Chairperson of the Cooper-Sampson-Wayman Area for 16 years. She was a life member of the Women's Missionary Society of the AME Church, the parish hall committee of St. Stephen's in Unionville was renamed after her. Her name was added to the area missionary society which is now the Cooper-Greene-Sampson-Wayman Area. Some of her community activities include teaching music lessons to children in the community, opening a candy store for the children within the community to take them on trips, privately tutoring in Math, Reading and English, member of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, Inc., member of the Noddables, President of Unionville Homemaker's Club, Talbot County Retired Teachers Association, member of the famous Daniel L. Rideout Jr.'s Accapella Choir, member of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Service Center, Inc., volunteer worker at the Easton Christian Book Store, Life member of both the Upper Shore Bowie Alumni Association & NAACP, Council member of the Maryland Home Extension Agency, member of the Peninsula Girl Scout Troop Committee, which included Brownie Troop 118, Girl Scout Troop 154 and Cadet Troop #581. She has been awarded many citations, plaques and awards. In addition to her parents, siblings and husband, she is preceded in death by her son, Elwood Hamilton. She leaves to cherish her memory and honor her legacy; a daughter, Corrine Greene Wallace; one granddaughter, Sheila Greene; three great granddaughters, Amira King, Orissa Thomas and LaToya Perkins; four great great grandsons, De'Meire, Ali'jah, Kuron and Nasir; goddaughter, Tina Meekins; god sent granddaughter, Jillian Johnson,; loved like a grandson, Rev. Charles M. Robinson; special nieces & nephew, Eric & Harriette Lowery; her rampage, RaMon Shelton; the Thomas Family in Trappe; a childhood, devoted and faithful friend, Sara Cook, Frances Mondowney, Hannah Henry, Rev. William Holt, Kathleen Frances, Dorothy Black, Jesse Caldwell, Bertha Wilson, Anna Henry and Marvin Cornish and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 1pm at First Baptist Church corner of Hanson St and Idlewild Ave Easton, MD with a viewing Friday evening 6-8pm at St. Stephens AME Church Unionville. Interment in St. Stephens AME Church Cemetery. Condolences sent to www.henryfuneralhomepa.com.