Ina Monson Green passed away in West Valley, Utah, on June 10, 1998 after suffering a severe stroke on June 4th.
She and her twin sister Inez Monson Woltz were born November 1, 1922 in Amalga (Smithfield), Cache County, Utah to Ezra Parkinson Monson and Roxie LaPreal Clapp Monson. Their sister LaPreal Monson Smith was born two years earlier. They had a rich Mormon Pioneer heritage which extended back to the earliest days of the LDS church. Although their large extended family was from Logan, Utah and Franklin County, Idaho, the Washington, D.C., area became their home after their father attended National law school there. In fact, a recent history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Washington area stated that the Monson sisters had lived in the Washington, D.C. area longer than any other members of the church.Ina married Thelbert Followell Taylor on May 24, 1941 in Washington, D.C. and they were later sealed in the Manti Temple in 1965. They were the parents of seven children: Bret Taylor (Patty) of Oceanside, California; Kent Taylor (Rosemary) of Frisco, Texas; Jon Gregory Taylor (Nicole) of Fairfax, Virginia; Leslie Dawson (Richard) of Orem, Utah; Alison Galati of Phoenix, Arizona; Mark Taylor of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Scott Taylor of Centerville, Virginia.
Ina and Thel worked for the Agency for International Development (AID) in the State Department. The family was raised in the U.S. and overseas and enjoyed many rich and varied experiences as they traveled about the globe and lived in the countries of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Libya, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and Taiwan. Ina also worked in the State Department at the U.N. Desk.
Ina and Thel later divorced and she remarried Charles Harold Green in 1976 in Plattsburg, New York. Charles had two sons, John and Stephen Green. Charles was an engineer for IBM and they lived in Vermont and Herndon, Virginia during their marriage. Charles passed away February 5, 1998 after an insurmountable struggle with cancer. Ina was always one to look for the best in whatever situation she was in and cheerfully endured many hardships during her last year.
Ina enjoyed beauty wherever she found it. She was a talented artist and although her opportunities were limited she did attend a session at Cochoron Art School at Cornell University. Her specialty was interior decorating and she decorated her many homes with elegance and style. She and Thel entertained frequently and were famous for their gracious hospitality. Thel said that Ina's cooking was "out of this world." Ina dressed with elegance and style as well. However, she will be remembered most for her faith in God and her devotion to the LDS church. She was a woman of deep compassion who always noticed the stranger, the one left out, and the one who needed help.
She was a dear mother and best friend to her children, a wonderful sister, and a devoted daughter. She made friends easily wherever she went and will be
missed by many.
Ina is survived by her seven children; her step-son, Stephen Green; her two sisters; 30 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 19, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel on 900 West 590 South in Orem, Utah. The viewing will be held Thursday, June 18, at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home at 646 East 800 North in Orem from 6 to 8 p.m. and from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the chapel. The burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills.
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