Margaret "Polly" Green, a Mountain View resident since 1976, died July 12 with her family by her side. She was 89.
Born Margaret Atchison in Bonnie, Ill. on March 18, 1924, she married Robert "Bob" Green in 1942 and moved to Chicago. After her husband returned home from the war, they started a family. In 1963, after their marriage broke up, she moved with her three daughters to Palo Alto, where she first worked as a switchboard operator at Rickey's and Cabana. She then worked as a lab tech at Fairchild Semiconductor where, after 25 years, she retired. She taught a senior walking class at the YMCA in Mountain View until 1992 when she suffered a stroke.
She attended weekly coffee gatherings with friends from the class until November 2012 when, due to her failing health, her doctors deemed her unable to live alone and she moved to Southern California to live with her daughter. In June 2013 she entered St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange County with breathing difficulties. After tests were taken, it was discovered she had lung cancer.
She is survived by three daughters, Michele Sequist of Puyallup, Wash., Katrena Wong of Santa Ana, and Kimberly Green of Mountain View; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren (with another one on the way).
A private celebration of her life was held on Aug. 10 in the Mountain View complex where she lived for 37 years.