Sowing the Seeds of Success
They sowed for a living. Charles and Venita Jean Green spent their lives sowing; he sowed seeds, and she sowed knowledge. Ten years ago, Truman State University was the beneficiary of what they reaped from a lifetime of sowing.
Charles was born on a farm near Downing, Missouri, and spent his childhood working the land. He attended Truman (then Northeast Missouri State Teachers College) for two years until he joined the Army in 1942 to fight in World War II. Once the war ended, Charles returned home and started farming.
Venita Jean grew up on a farm near Memphis, Missouri. She taught at Friendship School in Granger before attending Truman to earn a B.S. and M.A. in elementary education. She then taught in Keokuk, Iowa, sowing the seeds of knowledge in a generation of elementary children.
From these humble beginnings, Charles and Venita Jean built a comfortable life. They worked with various charities, and shared a love of education and fond memories of Truman. What may amaze you is that upon their deaths, they left a legacy of more than $2 million. Within their estate, they were able to leave money to their nieces and nephew, several charities, and over $500,000 to Truman for scholarships for students from Schuyler and Scotland counties.
They sowed, and others have reaped the benefit of their hard work and generosity. In the past 10 years, the Charles B. and Venita Jean Green Scholarship has helped 18 students with more than $139,000 in scholarships. Through their estate they have continued to sow, only now they are sowing seeds of success for students at Truman.