Mar 182011

Mary Olive Ordway Greco, 102, of Taylor passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011, in Mesa after a short illness. Visitations will be held from 6 to 8 o’clock tonight (March 18) at the Owens Livingston Mortuary-Heritage Chapel, located at 84 E. 19th South in Snowflake, and one hour prior to services at the church. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Taylor Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 300 W. Willow Lane. The concluding service and interment will follow at the Reed Hatch Memorial Cemetery in Taylor.

Mrs. Greco was born to Charles and Bertha Ordway on October 17, 1908 in Tunbridge, Vt., at her family’s farm. She spent the early years of her life in the New England states where she graduated from Montpelier Seminary in Vermont in 1926.

She then worked as a public stenographer and secretary for many years in Cambridge, Mass., and New York City. Her work included assisting the FBI in the capture of the gangster Al Capone, and supporting forestry crews in the cleanup of the 1938 hurricane in the Eastern United States. This is where she met and married Verneldo A. Greco.

They moved to the Southwestern United States, where they lived, worked, fished and raised their four sons.

She knitted sweaters for servicemen as a Red Cross volunteer. She was an honorary life member of the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Team for her service as a volunteer in the Ground Observer Corps monitoring enemy aircraft during World War II.

Mary was a member of the Taylor 5th Ward of the LDS church. She was a dedicated genealogical researcher and was a Mayflower descendant. For the past 12 years she made over 600 children’s books that were used in humanitarian aid projects. In 2009, the Northern Arizona Area Agency on Aging presented Mrs. Greco with the Accomplished Elder Award.

Survivors include her four sons, Robert James (Dorcie Palmer) of Overgaard, Byron Lloyd (Karen Baugh) of Pagosa Springs, Colo., William Neil (Connie Smith) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Bruce Calvin (Donna Spencer) of Flagstaff; 23 grandchildren; and 52 great-grandchildren.