Let the memory of Flo be with us forever
  • 71 years old
  • Born on June 19, 1940 .
  • Passed away on May 9, 2012 .


We celebrated Flo Green's life in a memorial service on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at Community United Methodist Church of Pacific Palisades -- the church where Flo and Gary were married on February 16th, 1985.

Thanks to all who joined us both in person and in spirit. 

In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Flo’s lifelong spirit of service and belief in the good works of the nonprofit community, the family requests contributions be made in memory of Florence Green to any of the following charitable organizations: 


Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, 400 West 30th St., Los Angeles CA 90007 (www.plannedparenthood.org/los-angeles); Shoes That Fit, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204-A, Claremont, CA 91711 (www.shoesthatfit.org); Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, 3533 Empleo St., San Luis Obispo CA 93401 (www.pshhc.org); St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org); Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), 2222 Martin St., Suite 140, Irvine CA 92812 (www.tacanow.org); or The Maturango Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave., Ridgecrest CA 93555.

Private messages and condolences to the family may be sent to flogreenmemorial@gmail.com or to Gary Massey, 1508-B Harvard St., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Posted by Deborah Green on 9th May 2018
I miss you everyday!!! I often wish you were here to talk. However, I can look to our current political environment and be happy that you are not alive to see who "we" selected for president. I am sure you would be front and center to enlighten people to the truth. I love you and will keep you in my heart forever.
Posted by Nina David on 9th May 2016
Dear Flo: Having you and Gary as neighbors was one of the best things that ever happened to Michael and me. I can never forget your inner happiness, your smile, your kindness. Rest in peace. Nina
Posted by Kathryn Lynch on 11th May 2015
The tribute to a person's life are the memories and impact they have on others. Flo left a great legacy with her work in the sector. No shoes can fill what she contributed but hopefully those that had the pleasure to encounter her will pick up small pieces of her work. She will be forever missed and forever remembered
Posted by Gary Massey on 10th May 2015
Dearest Flo, I've been thinking of you so much in the last few weeks. I miss you, but wonderful memories have been coming to me both in my dreams and my waking hours. I'm going back to our timeshare in New York on Sunday, which was one of my fondest memories of times we shared. Jim is joining me for a few days of plays and shows, just like we did with him together a few years ago. I brought you some lovely yellow roses today.
Posted by Gayle Whittemore on 9th May 2015
Missing you Flo!! All my love!
Posted by Megan Cooper on 9th May 2015
Hard to believe it has been three years. I got a lump in my throat as I looked at Flo's picture. Recalling conversations Flo and I had about family, and about St. Jude's, I plan to make a modest contribution to St. Jude's in honor of Flo. Yes, indeed, Flo will be "forever missed."
Posted by Libby Maynard on 9th May 2014
I still can't believe that Flo is gone. She taught me so much. I think of her and ask myself how would Flo have done this? She is still my inspiration.
Posted by Nina David on 19th June 2013
Dear Flo: I miss your laughter and your smile; your sunny disposition and the goodness that flowed from you. My best neighbor ever.
Posted by Roccie Hill on 19th June 2013
Thinking of you today, my dear friend. I miss you. I'm keeping your spirit in my heart.
Posted by Megan Cooper on 19th June 2013
Thinking of you, Flo, on your birthday and remembering fondly our wonderful lunches at Taix restaurant! You are missed and loved by many. Warmest wishes to Gary and family. Flo lives forever in our hearts.
Posted by Gayle Whittemore on 19th June 2013
Love you Flo! Happy Birthday!
Posted by Virginia Green on 11th May 2013
"Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends." Joseph Campbell This reminded me of you Flo....miss you and wish you were here.
Posted by Karen Childers on 10th May 2013
Florence, my dear sister-in-law and friend, I think of you so often and wish you were still here with us. Knowing you made my life so much richer and definitely more fun. You are always in my heart. Love, Karen
Posted by Susan Scribner on 9th May 2013
Oh my dear Flo....I think about you and Gary everyday. I miss your laugh though I still hear it. I see your eyes filled with joy and michef; your voice alive with excitement, wonder and wisdom. I see and hear you everyday. I cherish your company. I always have and will. You are part of my soul and I love you. Susi
Posted by Megan Green on 9th May 2013
Grandma, it still shocks me that you have been gone for a year, it feels like yesterday that we were talking together over a nice meal. I miss you more than words can describe and I still think about you almost everyday. Today I will raise my glass to the person you were on earth and the person you will always be in my heart. Love U
Posted by Roni Lomeli on 9th May 2013
I can't believe it's been a year. I still miss her. Flo was such an important partner in Shoes That Fit and a great personal friend. I hope she is looking down at and seeing all the great things that have been accomplished here because of her knowledge and wisdom. I am reminder of her often. My best to Gary, the children and their families. I will never forget her.
Posted by Nina David on 9th May 2013
I still keep her memorial service card in my living room with my husband's pictures. Flo's happy face reminds me of my loving, laughing neighbor every time I see it.
Posted by Judi Pennella on 21st September 2012
I just heard the news today. Flo was a role model for all of us. I found her to be a wealth of information and creativity and always there when I needed a barometer for my ideas. More than once her counsel kept me on the right road. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My prayers and sincere sympathy to her family. May you rest in peace, Flo.
Posted by Jayna Kuklin on 18th September 2012
Grandma, I just wanted to say that I still miss you even though you died right before I finished 7th grade ... I won't let anyone replace you as my second grandmother.. You were my teacher for almost 13 and a half years.. I know you won't come back, but you're still inside my heart.. R.I.P. Grandma .. ~Jayna
Posted by Lynn Charles on 6th September 2012
I am in total shock in learning of the passing of Flo. My husband and I had recently seen she and Gary out at a restaurant after they had seen two movies back to back. She was such an inspiration to me and had the biggest heart. She was such an advocate for nonprofits and I will truly miss her. My prayers are with her family.
Posted by Allen Rubinstein on 28th August 2012
Oh, wow. I'm just now coming across this, and it's so sad to learn that Flo is no longer here. She was such a perfect combination of straight talker and kind heart. She was the most dedicated woman, and showed me how to take the knocks in stride while also showing how a superior leader doesn't waver from what's right. You'll be missed, Flo. Thanks for giving this green guy a chance.
Posted by Diane Nance on 25th July 2012
Many years ago, Flo came to Ohio and shared her knowledge, helping hundreds of organizations and giving our careers a kick in the pants. She and Gary opened their home to me and my daughter. Her smart and witty spirit remain with me and we are all better because she challenged us to do better. My prayers to her family.
Posted by Ronni Sue Curtis on 4th July 2012
It is hard for me to think of her as "Flo". She was always Rick's mom or Duane's mom or Mrs. Green. The first time I met her was at her inaugeration for Mayor (I think) . From that day on she welcomed me into her home day after day. She was a giant idol to me. She did EVERYTHING. Rick, Deb, Duane, Steve- hugs & love to you all.
Posted by Alan Strand on 26th June 2012
Flo was an amazing person, my mentor who set me on my career path. She will be missed.
Posted by Julie Meenan on 20th June 2012
You helped to create a stronger and more cohesive nonprofit sector in California. Thank you for mentoring so many to continue your great work.
Posted by Megan Green on 20th June 2012
I love you and miss you so much Grandma. Happy 72nd Birthday!
Posted by Megan Green on 20th June 2012
The intelligent, generous, passionate lady That means so much to me May be gone from the land of the living But with me she will always be Because my memory holds her dearly As I recall her influence and her ways And most of all I love her A love that always stays It stays inside my memory And is often on my mind Because a lady like my Grandma Flo Is rare and hard to find
Posted by Karen Childers on 19th June 2012
We're thinking of you today since it is your birthday. We wish you were here with us to celebrate another year in your wonderful life. Love from Herb and Karen
Posted by Virginia Green on 19th June 2012
Thinking of you today Flo....Happy Birthday!!! We miss you soo much and wish you were here. Hope they're throwing you a big Party up there!
Posted by Nina David on 7th June 2012
Flo was my neighbor and friend for 27 years. I will always remember her boundless enthusiasm for every project, her love for Gary and her family (and friends), her kindness when my husband was sick. I feel honored having known this remarkable woman.
Posted by Sheryl Kaplan on 7th June 2012
Flo was a great teacher and a mentor to many, particularly here in California. Even in "retirement," she kept going at it. She led the first training I ever attended, in 1991. As a consultant now, ironically my primary work is in the area of stroke, which felled her. So very sad at her passing, and condolences to all of us who were touched by her.
Posted by Kathryn Lynch on 7th June 2012
Flo Green was bigger than life for the non- profit sector she admired and served. She was a role model for how we should all serve and live life to the fullest. I think of her every day as I do my work in the capitol. When I reached out to her beloved husband to ask what I could do he simply said to honor her by keeping on with the nonprofit work. I will work every day to make her proud.
Posted by Lupe Valdez on 5th June 2012
Flo taught many of us many things but most importantly to enjoy life and be happy helping others. As I began my work in the nonprofit world- I continue to work to support those organizations Flo helped in oh so many ways. May you be on the Wings of the Angels- Flo!
Posted by Lary Wells on 5th June 2012
I always enjoyed my time with Flo. Her insight, and humor mostly. From the early days of NCNA I "borrowed" a lot from her and the other founders on being an advocate of the nonprofit sector, using it the best I knew how in Michigan. I will miss her.
Posted by Michael O'Neill on 4th June 2012
Flo was an inspirational and highly effective leader of the California Association of Nonprofits. Her enthusiasm for nonprofits was endless. She was a dynamic, informed, and often funny speaker. I'm grateful to have been a colleague and friend of hers and treasure the times we spent together. Gary and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Helen Kennedy on 31st May 2012
The non-profit community will greatly miss the enthusiasm and in-sight that Flo brought to our community. She was a great inspiration to me when I was a babe in this crazy industry.
Posted by Crystal Hayling on 23rd May 2012
Flo, how many times did you give me big piece of your mind, followed by that conversation-closing blink, then your great big smile? And always I was better off for having heard your thoughts and carefully considered your insights. In a world where polite too often gets in the way, you never faultered in your determination to make honest talk the shortest path to change. I will miss you.
Posted by Annette Montoya on 22nd May 2012
Flo was an inspirational mentor, who will be missed by anyone who was touched by her wisdom. She leaves a legacy of compassion, intelligence and kindness.
Posted by Michael Weekes on 22nd May 2012
Flo was an amazing advocate for the nonprofit sector and its role in our civil society. Her passion and committment for all we do to improve our communities is legendary. We have lost a champion as she inspired us with a sense of courage to always do what's right. My prayers are with Gary and their family.
Posted by Roni Lomeli on 22nd May 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Flo over the past 3 years. Flo was a permanent fixture here at Shoes That Fit. Flo helped this organization so much. Everything I touch has part of Flo attached to it. I still can't believe she is gone. She was such a wonderful person and truly a great friend. Keep smiling down upon us Flo!
Posted by Susan Sanow on 22nd May 2012
One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Flo: "Don't let your successes go to you head and don't let your failures go to you heart." I'll keep working on that Flo!
Posted by Margo Sidener on 17th May 2012
Flo was the first person I met, years ago, who advocated for the whole nonprofit sector--the first to articulate for me how important it was for us to work together. She taught us all, and her humor made her ageless.
Posted by Paul Colter on 17th May 2012
You shall be greatly missed. I was so privileged to know you and so lucky to have been had a part in your wedding. Thank you sooooo much for all you have done. You have made life better for so many. You will be greatly missed. I wish all your family well.
Posted by Elizabeth Bremner on 17th May 2012
Flo was a standard bearer for the nonprofit field. I am saddened to hear of her passing. I always appreciated Flo's big smile, warm hugs, open heart and solid advice. She was timeless. I am grateful to have known her and learned from her. My warmest condolences to her family.
Posted by Pamela Davis on 16th May 2012
Flo was a visionary with a fierce passion for the nonprofit sector and the clients we serve. She was always ready with a hug and words of support. We will miss her.
Posted by Tom Martens on 16th May 2012
It is sad to learn of Flo's passing. A while ago, Flo and a few of us worked with the governor and California Legislature on policies to help nonprofits raise funds and do their work. She was inspirational in that effort, which continues today. The results will be Flo's legacy to nonprofits and millions of Californians.
Posted by Leigh Pierre Oetker on 16th May 2012
So deeply saddened by this news-Flo was an inspiration and a mentor to me. She did so much with a passion unsurpassed by many,she cared deeply for the work of the sector. I feel privileged to have known her and am the better for it. Love and support to Gary and her children in this difficult time.
Posted by Deborah Strauss on 16th May 2012
I only knew Flo in the context of NMA and the Alliance. For me, she was the straightforward, funny, and challenging speaker at the podium. I know from others, especially those in California, what a strong on-the-ground leader she was and how much she influenced overall the nonprofit and management assistance sector. My sympathy to her family.
Posted by Gayle Whittemore on 16th May 2012
Flo, you will always have a special place in my heart. You inspired me in all ways, your passion for the nonprofit sector, the community around you and all those you came in contact with. You were one of my greatest mentors and teachers and I learned so much from you. Thank you Flo. My love to you and my love and comfort to those you left behind. Gayle.
Posted by Dalya Massachi on 16th May 2012
I only met Flo once or twice, but I remember her passion and enthusiasm. We will miss her, and send love to her family.

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