Glenda Carrol Monroe, 86, of Amarillo, known to everyone as Carol, died Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
Carol was born November 18, 1933, in Turkey, Texas, to James Ezra and Edna Etheridge Duncan. She was raised in Canyon, TX, and graduated from Canyon High School in 1951. She graduated from West Texas State University in 1970.
She married Tom L. Monroe on August 21, 1953.
Carol dedicated the early years of her adult life to her family, delaying her own education and career until her children were nearly teenagers. After graduating from WTSU, she embarked on a twenty-five year career as a teacher – all of it at Hamlet Elementary School.
She was also active in patriotic women’s service associations. She was a member, and past regent, of the Esther McCrory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and also a member of the Palo Duro Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Carol had many avocational interests, but she was most passionate about her genealogical studies. She amassed a formidable library of personal research, and Tom took her on numerous cross-country trips to visit libraries, court houses, and cemeteries in search of obscure familial history.
As the seventh of nine children, Carol loved being part of a very large family, and she delighted in hosting big family gatherings in her home. Her family Independence Day parties were almost legendary!
Carol was a lifelong follower of Jesus, and a long-time member of Central Church of Christ in Amarillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. “Dee” and Edna Duncan; brothers Kenneth E. Duncan, Hugh G. Duncan, James M. Duncan, and John C. Duncan; sister Wilma June McEntire; nephews Don Hugh Duncan and Dale Jay Ratliff; and niece Kelly A. Culpepper.
Survivors include her husband, Tom, of Amarillo; son, Michael B. Monroe and wife, Janet, of Arlington, TX; daughter, Janet C. Mitts of Dallas; brother, Don W. Duncan and wife, Diane, of Longview; sisters, Mary Jane Tarrab of Amarillo, and Sharon L. Ratliff of Canyon; sisters-in-law Lynn Duncan of Amarillo, and Janetta Duncan of Amarillo; grandchildren, Bryan D. Monroe and wife, Amber, of Arlington, TX, Brooke E. Nobles and husband, Charles, of Abilene, TX, and Brandon M. Monroe and wife, Emily, of College Station; six great-grandchildren, Ryder Monroe, Asher Monroe, Magdalene Monroe, Landry Nobles, Paisley Nobles, and Austin Nobles; and a host of nephews and nieces, along with their spouses and children.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, January 11, at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo with Glen Walton and Allan Stanglin officiating.
Memorials may be sent to Christian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 79670, Amarillo, TX 79114-1670; or
High Plains Children’s Home, 11461 S. Western St., Amarillo, TX 79118.