Remembering Our Green Angels

Angel in Green

Having left mortal earth, I passed through Heaven’s Gate
And while anxiously awaiting the outcome of my fate
I walked among the Angels all robed in purest white
Whereupon I saw one figure which cast a greenish light.

She sat upon a misty cloud, a harp held to her breast
In a flowing, blowing gown of green unlike all the rest;
I asked what great deed she’d done to earn the special hue
That gave her color where others had none, or maybe just a few.

She said “On earth I sought no fame, fortune was not my goal,
I shunned the power of politics and worked without a toll;
I spent my time with children, helping them to grow
For as you reap in life, so must you learn to sow.”

“You see…” she said, “the dividends while growing up I’d share
I returned where many others were too self-involved to care.
Girl Scouting was my choice of roads to follow in my quest
For among the girls I found a love deeper than the rest.”

“A teacher was I, my work was hard, I had no diploma or pay
But where family and institutions failed, I help show them the way.
The lessons I taught were obscure and difficult to see
For they didn’t have names like ‘spelling’, ‘math’, or geometry’.”

“They were lessons in life delivered through guided experience
And they taught such things as character, spirit, and confidence.
Though on earth my life was blessed, it’s even more so today
For when I look down I see my work, as my girls show others the way.”

“On earth Girl Scouting taught me to leave things better than before
And the same applies to that mortal place where life never was a bore.
Now having lived by that Girl Scouting rule in every earthly endeavor
I have become an Angel in green and shall be a Girl Scout forever.”

© Shirley Rhodes, The Patch Corner 1986
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Our Green Angels

Tracy McElwain (9/6/1969 – 5/12/2018)

Tracy was a member of Girl Scouts for 26+ years.  She started Troop #007 when her daughter Tabitha (2016 Gold Awardee) was in kindergarten and continued with her youngest daughter Sabrina who is in 9th grade.  Tracy served on numerous Voyager Team positions; Community Cookie Chair, Community Booth Chair, Troop Mentor and most famous for    Camporee Director, where girls have an AMAZING traditional camp experience that have everlasting memories for a lifetime.


Deborah (Dee Dee) Rigell  (10/11/1963 – 4/8/2018)

Dee Dee was a member of Girl Scouts for 15 years.  She led a multi-level troop in the Seminole Lakes Community for many years.  In addition to serving her troop, she also acted as the New Troop Mentor for Seminole Lakes where she spent her time fostering relationships with new leaders and building the sisterhood in her community. Dee Dee was a sister to every Girl Scout.


Cranford Todd Rigell (9/6/1962 – 5/6/2017)
“Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” for 6 years.  Seminole Lakes Community, Seminole County.  Volunteer for Troop #848 and Citrus Council.


Sandra Diane Gallagher (8/21/1960 – 4/27/2017)
GSC Staff Member for 16 years and was the Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO.


Jean Moore, (12/19/1926 – 4/20/2017)
Lifetime Member, Girl Scout for 81 years. A Girl Scout from the age of 10, she was a Camp Counselor, Troop Leader, Neighborhood Chairman, and Secretary.


Argietta Rogers, (1/18/1955 – 3/27/2016)
GSC Staff Member for 16 years and was the Community Team Manager for Orange County. She was a Brownie Girl Scout in Germany.


Ralph Kulzer, (3/17/1947 – 3/9/2016)
“Man Enough to be a Girl Scout” for 35 years. Manatee Shores, Brevard County. He served as the Cookie Cupboard Manger for Brevard County.


Ashley Lynn Ortiz, (9/26/1982 – 2/10/2016)
Foliage Community, Orange County. Brownie Troop Leader


Debi Gardell Warner, (6/26/1954 – 3/24/2015)
Lifetime Member, 20 years of Girl Scout membership, New Generations Service Unit, Seminole County. Council Trainer, Association Co-Chair, SU Registrar, Cookie Chair, Recognitions Chair and Camporee Director.


Lillian “Connie” Ulrich, (4/30/1925 – 11/9/2014)
Lifetime Member, 78 years of Girl Scout membership. Infinity Community, Brevard County. Council Trainer, Association Co-Chair.


Lois Conner Koons, (2/7/1960 – 12/12/2011)
Served as Leader for Troop 72, Service Unit Manager for Reedy Creek Service Unit, Osceola County. Lois was a SWOO Delegate, SU Cookie Chair, and Fall Funds Chair. As a Jr. Girl Scout, Lois earned every available badge.