Earnestine Green December 26, 1941 – March 18, 2019


Earnestine was born December 26, 1941 to the late Albert and Christine (Pigee) Blakemore in Mound City, Illinois.  Earnestine was the eldest of six children born to this union, two boys and four girls.

Earnestine attended Lovejoy High School in Mound City, Illinois and eventually received her GED.  She worked at Burkart’s Foam Plant in Cairo, Illinois before moving to Chicago to work for Hall’s Printing Company while managing the Central Avenue Apartment Complex.  She later retired from FedEx.

Earnestine married the love of her life, Johnnie Green and remained in Chicago until eventually moving to Columbia, Missouri in 2008.

Earnestine renewed her faith and became a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri, where she was a Mother and Usher. She enjoyed bible study, potting plants, barbecuing, and spending time with family and friends.  She was known as the “Hat Lady” due to her love of wearing hats.

Earnestine was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, Albert and Christine Blakemore, one brother, Elder Robert Blakemore, Mound City, Illinois, one sister Diane Nelson, Savannah, Georgia and one granddaughter Elawnyeh Morris, Chicago, Illinois.

She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Kimberly (Douglas) Ritter, Columbia, Missouri and Kyah Green, Biloxi, Mississippi, one brother, Larry Blakemore, Springfield, Missouri, two sisters, Lottie Hayes and Lela Humble both of Mound City, Illinois, special nieces and nephews: Raynold (Phylette) Blakemore, Dallas, Texas, Rhonda Blakemore, Springfield, Missouri, Rayshaun (Renee’) Blakemore, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Reginald (Rhonda) Blakemore, Tampa, Florida, Rzlyn (Dashawn) Blakemore-Williams, Hinesville, Georgia, Segan Humble, Chicago, Illinois and, Semaj Humble, Mound City, Illinois, and one uncle Nathaniel (Edwina) Pigee of Mound City, Illinois. Eight grandchildren; Ausonius Gray, St. Louis, Missouri, Antionette Gray, Columbia, Missouri, Angela Gray, Columbia, Missouri, Tiffany (Raymond) Hall, Columbia, Missouri, Howard (Kassey) Bouldin, Toledo, Ohio, Luis Flores, Javier Flores, Florida, Airmando Flores, Florida, and Airmaris (Quad) Brown, Biloxi, Mississippi, sixteen great-grandchildren and a host of other nephews and nieces that were near and dear to her, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services for Earnestine Green will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Missouri with Reverend Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.