By Jonnalee McIntosh
An American homeowner in Green Turtle Cay drowned after getting caught in a rip current in the waters of Gilliam Bay beach in Green Turtle Cay on July 17.
Molly Greene, 72, was swimming with her two grandchildren that afternoon when the incident happened.
Greene and her grandchildren were rescued by persons nearby. The children survived. However, the CPR administered by nearby residents nor assistance from the nurse at the Government Clinic could resuscitate Greene and she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Molly, along with her husband George, founded Water Mission International, a non-profit Christian organization in South Carolina which designs, builds, and implement safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions for people in developing countries and those recovering from natural and man-made disasters, according to the organization’s website.
According to the site, Water Mission International has provided safe water for more than three million people in fifty-two countries since 2001.
Greene’s caring and compassionate spirit was also felt on Green Turtle Cay, as some residents described her as “wonderful” and “loving.”
Margaretrose Jones, a caretaker of the Greene’s Green Turtle Cay property said: “I worked with her for 13 years. Mrs. Greene was very easy to love. She would always greet a person with a smile. There was never a dull moment around her. She was a very loving, caring, and a kind woman.”
The Greenes had been frequent visitors to The Bahamas for over twenty years.
Greene’s son and President of Water Mission, George C. Greene IV, said in a public statement: “We mourn the loss to our family. We know that a larger global family mourns with us and celebrates her life, as she blessed so many around the world.”
Memorials have been held at Water Mission’s headquarters in North Charleston, South Carolina since Greene’s death.