Mary Elizabeth Green Logan styled hair, loved playing with her dog

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 8:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Her three older sisters were always jealous of her hair.

While her sisters were required by their mother to wear short pixie cuts, Mary Elizabeth Green Logan, known as Beth to her family and school friends, was allowed to grow her hair out and wear pigtails because she was "born with beautiful hair," said her sister Julie O'Reilly-Chapman.

Although Ms. Logan's hair incited jealousy in her sisters, she was always the peacekeeper in the family, O'Reilly-Chapman said.

"She was a people pleaser," O'Reilly-Chapman said. "She didn't really talk badly about anybody."

Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Green Logan of Columbia died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, of liver failure. She was 45.

She was born April 2, 1968, to James and Mary Lou (Elliott) Green in Quincy, Ill.

She moved to Columbia with her family when she was in elementary school and stayed there her whole life.

She graduated from Hickman High School in 1986 and completed an associate's degree at Stephens College. She was still friends with many of her schoolmates from high school, O'Reilly-Chapman said.

Hairstyles continued to be an important part of Ms. Logan's life even after she stopped wearing the pigtails her sisters coveted. She worked as a hairstylist at Hair Design 1000 for almost 15 years and spent many other years at other Columbia hair salons.

Ms. Logan enjoyed attending basketball games at Hickman, where her son, Cray played and now coaches.

She also enjoyed swimming at Stephens Lake Park and walking her dog, King, a pit bull mix.

When she was younger, she liked to go to parties and dance, her sister said.

"Sometimes she'd call me on Sunday mornings during the summer and tell me she didn't want to go to church and that she wanted to go swimming with her friends instead," O'Reilly-Chapman said.

Ms. Logan had a talent for finding great clothing at thrift stores, and bargain shopping was her specialty, her sister said.

"She could go into Goodwill and find great, great things," O'Reilly-Chapman said.

Ms. Logan is survived by her parents, Jim and Mary Lou Green of Hartsburg; a son, Cray Logan of Columbia; three sisters: Julie O'Reilly-Chapman of Ashland, Jennifer Sanders of Columbia, and Jan Imlay and her husband, Glen, of Huntington, W.Va.; a brother, Jeffrey Green of Tempe, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, Tom Sanders of Columbia; and eleven nieces and nephews. 

Her son, James E. Hickem III, died earlier.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace Bible Church, 601 Blue Ridge Road. An informal visitation will follow.

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