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Nancy J. Monroe

October 10, 1939 November 22, 2018
Nancy J. Monroe
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Nancy J. Monroe, of Morton, Illinois, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died at her home on Thanksgiving evening, November 22, 2018, after battling a brain tumor.  With her husband, family members, and long-time caregiver at her side, Nancy left this world after a gallant struggle that began when her tumor was discovered in 2001.

She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years, Roger G. Monroe of Morton, Illinois, two sons, Dan Monroe (Julie) of Champaign, Illinois, Zack S. Monroe (Missy) of Morton, Illinois, grandsons, Kyle, Christopher, and Scott, and her sister, Marlene Blane of Lincoln, Illinois.  Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Bernice Hanson, and by an older sister, Rosemary Murray.

She was born Nancy Jane Hanson, the youngest of three daughters, on October 10, 1939, in Cadott, Wisconsin.  The family moved to San Jose, Illinois, when Nancy was very young, but not too young to work for her father at Hanson’s Dairy when not at school. At San Jose High School, she was named Junior-Senior prom queen, wrote for the school paper, performed in plays, was a cheerleader, and served as majorette.  She was an accomplished baton twirler, competed in regional and national contests, and taught the skill to young girls.  After high school, she attended Patricia Stevens Modeling School in Chicago and then Brown’s Business School in Peoria.  Following graduation, she went to work for the Peoria Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She met Roger after Sunday services at First United Methodist Church. They were married May 22, 1960.

While raising two sons, Nancy worked as a library manager for District 150 at Roosevelt in the mornings and Longfellow in the afternoons.  She later worked at Hines and at Thomas Jefferson, thoroughly enjoying her time with the children.  Nancy also served as purchasing secretary at Methodist Hospital and as associate secretary at First United Methodist Church where she helped start the first Fine Arts Festival.

Nancy volunteered in the pediatric department at Methodist Hospital, taught Sunday school, served on the board of the Wardcliffe Homeowners Association, did some modeling, participated as a PTO member at Sterling School, coordinated an annual fund-raiser for the Peoria Christian Center summer baseball program, and worked as a poll watcher.  One of her loves was membership in the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons.  She looked forward to the regular meetings with people like Judy Chelin and Meredith Houghton.  

Nancy loved to travel and travel the family did every year without miss from Gettysburg to California to Canada.  Later, she and her husband continued to see the world with close friends.  She was a delight to be around with her bright smile and sparkling eyes.

One of the joys of her life was welcoming her three grandsons into the world.  She was thrilled when asked to babysit.  Family albums are filled with pictures of her holding “her babies.”

Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor seventeen years ago, the long-term effects of radiation treatments, and other medical issues started affecting her health in 2008, but she never complained and never descended into bitterness.  She was so strong, amazingly strong.  This strength helped her husband, sons, family, and friends as did her sense of humor.  Her smile gave us all courage and hope in those final weeks and days.  Nancy was a loving wife and mother.  She was caring, sensitive to everyone’s wants and needs, giving and forgiving, tolerant, compassionate, understanding, charming and beautiful.

The family thanks everyone at Unity Point-Methodist Hospital, Methodist Hospice, First Methodist Church, and Spoon River Home Health Services for their professional and compassionate care.  Most of all we thank Gloria Baskerville, Nancy’s caregiver for over ten years.  Her loving care, sometimes late into the night and next day, was truly that of a Heaven-sent Angel.

Visitation will be held 5 pm to 7 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, on Perry and Hamilton in Peoria, with a further visitation, one hour before services, at 11 am until 12 noon, Friday, November 30, 2018 at First United Methodist Church.  Funeral Service will be at 12 noon and burial will follow at American Mausoleum on Allen Road. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, First United Methodist Church Foundation, or the American Brain Tumor Association. 

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

29

Nov

5:00 PM 11/29/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/29/2018 7:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Avenue Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

30

Nov

11:00 AM 11/30/2018 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 11/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Avenue Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

30

Nov

12:00 PM 11/30/2018 12:00:00 PM - 12:00 PM 11/30/2018 12:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

First United Methodist Church
116 NE Perry Avenue Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

American Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7911 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7911 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First United Methodist Church

116 NE Perry Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
NA

St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

American Brain Tumor Association

8550 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
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