Priscilla Bair‑Greenwood peacefully slipped away to be with our Lord Jesus in Heaven on July 30, 2018. She was under loving and gracious care in her home at Shalom Cares retirement and skilled nursing facility in Aurora, Colorado.
A visitation at 10 AM, followed by a memorial celebration at 11 AM will be held on Monday August 20, 2018 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 921 Des Moines Street, Webster City, Iowa 50595.
Priscilla was born in 1931 in Woods Hole, Massachusetts to Rev. Ellery and Marian Beal. Priscilla is twice widowed. She had a rich family history in the Methodist Church as her father Ellery Beal, her brother Maynard Beal, her first late husband Lloyd Bair and her second late husband Frank Greenwood were all Methodist pastors.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Rev Maynard Beal and Philip Beal. She is survived by her sons David and Philip Bair.
Priscilla married Rev Frank Greenwood in 1988. After his retirement in 1995 ministering at Dayton and Harcourt charge, they settled in Webster City and became actively involved at Asbury United Methodist Church. Priscilla was a natural when it came to the role of the pastor’s wife and many of those in the church families where her husbands served enjoyed her ministry, fellowship, and friendship.
Priscilla earned her undergraduate degree in music from Cornell College where she met her first husband Lloyd Bair. Following his death in 1968 she taught vocal music in the public school system until 1970, and decided to be a stay‑at‑home single mom.
As a United Methodist layperson, Priscilla had an active ministry in Methodist churches as well as district and conference events. She directed full time Christian education in two United Methodist churches, La Porte City and Waverly, and later pursued a career in Music Therapy. She earned her certification in Registered Music Therapy from Wartburg College in 1982, and she completed her internship at the State Hospital in Faribault, MN. Making her home in Waverly, she worked as a registered music therapist in a variety of special education schools, county care facilities, and nursing homes around Waterloo.
Priscilla has shared her ministry in music and worship at School of Christian Missions, Holy Spirit conferences, lay witness missions, and Faith at Work conferences. Priscilla was an experienced director of choral music, leading singing and worship, Bible study and prayer experiences at numerous retreats and events in both ecumenical and United Methodist church settings. She was active in the UMW (United Methodist Women) and while on the Iowa district UMW speaker’s list, she held local and district level leadership positions. But perhaps her most passionate ministry activity was associated with an organization known as Camps Farthest Out (CFO) where she led singing, creative music, and “Devotion In Motion.”
Interment will be in Peoria, Illinois, with her husband Rev Lloyd Bair. The memorial fund will be donated to the Iowa CFO.