ONEONTA – A graveside service for Mary (Hebbard) Monroe is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Glenwood Cemetery in Oneonta. Mrs. Monroe died Friday, Sept. 7, at Fox Nursing Home, nine days short of her 85th birthday, from complications of COPD.
She was predeceased on Oct. 7, 2016, by her husband David Monroe; the couple co-owned Bookhout Funeral Home.
Mary was born on Sept. 16, 1933, in Davenport, to the late Harry and Lucy (Davis) Hebbard. Her father was Delaware County social welfare commissioner from 1938 until 1956.
She grew up in Delhi and graduated from Delaware Academy in 1952. On Feb. 7, 1964, she married David Monroe, who was also from Delhi. That same year they moved to Oneonta and bought a home on Central Avenue. He worked at Bookout, and he and Mary eventually bought the enterprise and operated it until 1997.
Mary enjoyed taking part in many athletic activities throughout her lifetime. Growing up, she enjoyed swimming and riding horses. She was a high school drum majorette, a life guard at the Delhi pool, and a 4H swimming instructor and counselor. She spent many years bowling on an Oneonta league, dabbled briefly with tennis, skied, and was a member of the Oneonta Country Club where she actively played golf until her diagnosis with COPD dictated otherwise.
She loved all animals including horses, birds, cats, and especially dogs. Mary and Dave had several pet schnauzers. They started out with one miniature schnauzer, at one time had as many as six, and eventually fell in love with standard schnauzers; they had three.
After retirement, while traveling through the state of Utah, Mary and Dave stopped at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah’s, Angel Canyon. The Sanctuary is a nationwide animal rescue and advocacy organization, and home to nearly 1,600 homeless animals. They were so impressed, they chose to donate a part of their estate to the Sanctuary. Never underestimate the power of love and joy an animal can bring to the human heart.
Mary is survived by her daughter Karen Monroe, of Las Vegas, Nev., older sister Elinor Terry of Zephyr Hills, Fla., and younger sister Jane Hymers of Delhi, along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
Mary is predeceased by her son Paul Monroe, on Feb. 11, 1986, her older brothers Harry Hebbard, Jr., Herbert Hebbard, Philip Hebbard, and Earl Hebbard, her older sisters Etta Frampton, Flora Nicholson, and Janette Gilbert, several brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s, two nieces and a great nephew.
The Rev. Stephen D. Fournier will preside at the 3 p.m. Friday funeral at Glenwood Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will be held directly after the service at the Courtyard by Marriott, 116 Courtyard Dr, Oneonta.
Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (afsp.org), 120 Wall Street, 29th Fl, New York, NY 10005, or any animal organization of your choosing.
Karen Monroe can be contacted via email at email@example.com. To send an online condolenc, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.