Henrietta May Monroe, 91 years of age, departed this life on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Edenton Prime Time Retirement Center in Edenton, North Carolina.
Henrietta was born July 6, 1929 in East Gulf, West Virginia to Samuel Monroe and Etta May Oliver. She was the youngest of four children, two preceded her in death, Samuel Monroe, Jr. and Cornelia Williams.
Henrietta was educated in the Raleigh County School System in West Virginia. She loved to sew and make clothes for her family.
Henrietta moved to New York City in the late 1950s. She had a total of eight children, three girls and five boys.
Henrietta made sure that her family regularly attended services at Trinity Baptist Church located in The Bronx, New York. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends in Long Island. Henrietta worked as a Live-in Health Care Provider which she did for many years until moving to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1991. There she continued her professional career in the hospitality sector until her retirement in 1996. Henrietta seemed to spend a lifetime gathering clothing and other items to pass on to family and friends in need.
Henrietta was moved to Edenton, North Carolina in 2017 to be closer to family after being struck by a car. She enjoyed reading her bible, watching television and praying for her family and friends.
Henrietta leaves to cherish her loving memory her sister, Grace Bernice Hamlet, children, Barbara True, Patricia Reeberg, Kaleem Abdul Rasheed, Jay Monroe, William Thornton, and Nelson Monroe. Also two daughters through love and marriage, Naimah Rasheed and Janice Thornton. Two sons preceded her in death, Vernal Frederick Hoston and Francis Reginald Thornton. Henrietta also leaves nine grandchildren, Rhenetta, Awri, Danielle, Tamara, David, Shabazz, Vernal, Justice and Jamiel. Seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a niece, nephews and friends. Henrietta also had many cousins who were like sisters and brothers to her. She cherished her relationship with her Long Island family the most.
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