Mary Louise Monroe, age 81, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Mary was born on March 18, 1932, in Elizabeth, LA. The older of two children, she spent most of her childhood in Louisiana and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Masters of Education from Louisiana State University.
Prior to graduating from LSU, she married Archie L. Monroe and together they raised four wonderful children while living in Baton Rouge, Caracas, Venezuela and Weston, Connecticut. Mary had an extensive network of close and loyal friends.
Mary was an avid world traveler and bridge player. Her summers were spent driving the kids across country, playing tennis at the Weston Field Club or touring the Caribbean. She visited six continents and over 50 countries including Ecuador, Argentina, South Africa, Egypt, the Czech Republic, Norway, Russia, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Australia.
Mary also loved to ski. Her second home in Vermont was a favorite destination for all of her friends and their families. Generation after generation learned to ski on the icy slopes of Stratton Mountain while spending nights by the fire in a house filled with conversation and laughter.
Mary was a talented financial planner managing investment accounts for a number of clients. When she wasn’t researching a new industry or analyzing a company profile, Mary could be found tending to her beautiful gardens and pond or visiting New York City with close friends.
Though her family was spread from Utah to North Carolina and beyond, she held each member of her family close to her heart. Mary is survived by four children and six grandchildren: her daughter Vicki (husband, Peter Boehm), and her three sons Lee (wife, Christi), David (son Evan and daughters Asher, Korin, and Cassie) and Gary (wife, Carelyn and sons Drew and Jeffrey). She was preceded in death by her mother Alma, father Louis Mills Sr., and younger brother Louis “Buddy” Cunningham.
The family will received friends at Walker’s Funeral Home, 120 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. The funeral service was held at 11AM on Monday, June 17th at Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC. A private graveside service followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.
A memorial service will be held in Weston, CT at a place and time still to be determined.