AUCENCIA MALTA EDWINA WELLS FOSSIE GREENE, affectionately known as “Cencia” or “Cen” was born on March 2, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the eighth child of the late Edgar Christopher Wells and Lucille Cam Wells. Between her five sisters and four brothers, Cencia had a very loving and happy childhood. She is proceeded in death by five sisters: Cecelia, Eugenia, Angela Dolores, Simproza, Consuelo; and two brothers: Toribio and Theodore. She attended St. Francis de Sales, Transfiguration, Sayre Junior High School and graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1960 where she discovered archery.
Upon graduation, she matriculated at Penn State University in Ardmore, Pennsylvania and, between classes, could be found about to make a chess move. Chess was her passion and she consumed everything chess. While attending Penn State, she met and married the late Frank Joseph Fossie, Jr. and this union was blessed with three children: Frank Joseph III, Loren Aucencia and their daughter Josephine (who died in early infancy). Her time spent as a Den Mother awakened her desire to teach. With two children, a house, and a job, she returned to school and graduated from Temple University in 1974 with a degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education.
Cencia received her teaching experience in the public school system and after her marriage to Frank ended in divorce, she relocated to New Jersey where she returned to teaching.
There, she met Carroll W. Anderson in the early 70’s and became partners in life for over 15 years. They enjoyed traveling to Europe to ski and traveling in the states on road trips. Cen and Carroll never missed the always fun annual Anderson / Harris family reunions or the Al & Darlene famous Halloween costume parties.
After finding love yet again, on April 11, 1984, she was united in marriage to the late Robert Vanderpool Greene, Jr. at St. Teresa Roman Catholic Church. They enjoyed and shared everything in their lives together. They owned and ran a charter bus company Continental Tours for nine years. They made trips together - her driving one bus while Bob drove the other. She became a member and “Road Captain” of WITW (Women In The Wind). They rode together - him on his 1500 Goldwing and she on her 1100 Honda. Cencia loved motorcycling and was always on the road. She is well-known for hosting an annual 4th of July Barbecue and Pool party. No invitation was necessary. People just knew when to come and stayed all night. She derived much pleasure from cooking. Her son always said, “My mom can make gravy out of nothing. She also loved sewing, swimming, gardening, reading, playing pinochle, listening to music (especially jazz) and spending time with her kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always found great satisfaction and enjoyment in creating, constructing or changing anything and everything. There was always an on-going project. She was always busy.
The loves of her life were her family and they were her top priority. She loved them unconditionally. They were always on her mind. She leaves a legacy of love to her devoted son Frank Joseph Fossie III (Cynthia) and devoted daughter Loren Aucencia Golden (Gregory); her five grandchildren (whom she loved dearly) Maquellage Dior, Armani Barbara, Laila Josephine, Jessica Lynn and (her only grandson) Ryan Myles; her five great-grandchildren Davonne, Chanelle, Amour, Najani and Noir; her surviving brothers Marcialito (Bettye), Edgar Christopher, Jr.; her nephews Eugene, Stephan, Claude, Toribio, Page, Timothy, Theodore, Neal, Robert, Morris; her nieces Lori, Kimberly, Angela, Jacinta, Antoinette, Nicolete, Camille, Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle; and a host of many other loving relatives and friends.
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