Heaven has earned another angel. Our Mother, the Matriarch of our extended family has transitioned from labor to reward. Leola Green-Haynes passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at ProMedica Flower Hospital. The last surviving member of a family of four children, Leola was predeceased by her father; Oliver Woodard, her mother; Idelle Woodard and sisters; Myrtis (Marvin) Parker, Dora (Leon) Jones and brother, Frank Woodard.
The Matriarch of the Corbitt Family that includes the Russell, Stovall, Boyd, Galloway, Pearson and Woodard families, Leola was born on August 12, 1929 to the union of her parents in Bruce, Mississippi. The family migrated to the north Toledo area in the 1930s.
Leola married her first husband, Leemon Green, on November 18, 1950. Leemon predeceased her in March of 1988. To their union three daughters were born: Sharon Diane (Jimmy) Gaines, Pamela Lynn (Carlton) Jones and Paula Sue (Phillip) Hamilton. Leola was a pillar of the community having sat on numerous boards: EOPA, The Toledo Symphony, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), The Toledo Museum of Art, the Area Office on Aging and the Neighborhood Block Watch. She was a devoted educator having taught kindergarten and sixth grade at the former Stickney Elementary and retiring in 1997 from Riverside Elementary of the Toledo Public Schools.
A life member of The Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, she was Director of the Junior Church, a position that she proudly served for several decades. Leola actively maintained membership in the Black Nurses, the Black Family, Phi Delta Kappa International Sorority of Educators, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women (NANBPWC) Toledo Club where she worked with the Debs-in-Waiting of the annual Debutante Cotillion until illness. She also served diligently as an annual ambassador of the American Cancer Society.
She is survived by husband, Oscar Haynes; daughters Sharon Gaines, Pamela Jones and Paula Hamilton; grandchildren Jimmy, Jr. (Takiesha) Gaines of Columbus, Ohio; Andre’ (Lauren) Gaines of Los Angeles, California; Britny and Collin Jones of Toledo and Taryn (Marcus) O’Neal of Chicago, Illinois. Great-Grandchildren Jaedyn, Julian, Josiah and Wesley Gaines. Step-sons Lester (Vera) and Darryn Haynes; step-daughters Gwendalyn (Michael) Lawler, Ingrid and Karren Haynes. Ten step grandchildren, a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Wake and funeral are being handled by the C. Brown Mortuary. Memorial contributions to the organization of the donor’s choice. A foundation is being established by her daughters in her memory.