Michele F. Green, a homemaker who was known for her floral arrangements and family gatherings, died Monday of heart failure at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 55.
The daughter of Robert West and Shirley Jackson, Michele Faye Featherstone was born and raised in Baltimore. Raised by her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Faybelle Featherstone, Ms. Green took their name.
She attended city public schools and worked for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade for a year. She later worked for a Cockeysville florist until 1990.
After her marriage in 1983 to Latraza Green, the couple moved to Northeast Baltimore.
"She was extremely creative and talented," said a daughter, Chevel Dorsey of Baltimore. "She loved floral design and was known for her gorgeous personalized photo albums. She was also a fashionista and loved getting dolled up for any occasion.
"She was also admired for her feisty personality and was known for keeping her family together and on track," said Ms. Dorsey. "
Ms. Green was an active member and deaconess at Greater St. John Baptist Church in Turners Station.
"She fought to the very end with an attitude of gratitude to God," said the Rev. Glenn A. Darby Sr., the pastor of her church.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at her church, 209 Walnut Ave.
In addition to her husband, a retired postal worker, and her daughter, Ms. Green is survived by three other daughters, Brandy Brown, LaTarsha Pierce and LaToya Green, all of Baltimore; her mother, Shirley Jackson of Baltimore; two brothers, Dewitt Jackson and Ezra Jackson, both of Baltimore; a sister, Ella Jackson of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.