Viola Butler Monroe, age 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at FirstHealth Hospice House on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Elise Presbyterian Church in Robbins, where she was a member, with the Reverend Al Trotter and Reverend Jon Neuhs officiating.  Burial will follow in Pine Rest Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service at Kennedy Funeral Home from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. A time of fellowship will follow the committal in the Fellowship Hall of the church.  On Sunday and Monday (1/13 & 1/14), the family received visitors at her home in Robbins.

Viola was born in Moore County to Odell and Ethel McNeill Butler, second of six children.  She graduated from Elise High School in 1948 and attended Business School in Greensboro. She married Norman Fletcher Monroe in 1950 and they raised three children together.  Viola was employed at Dr. Vanore’s office in Robbins, T.I. Wilson Insurance, Hornaday Hatchery, N G Purvis Farms and Carthage Tractor and Implement. She retired from the Moore County Clerk of Court office.

Viola enjoyed spending time with family and friends which included hanging out at her pool, traveling and shopping.  She also enjoyed baking cakes and pies for others, reading, working on crossword puzzles and crocheting. She loved the Lord and was an active member of her church for many years where she played the organ.  Viola was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Norman Fletcher Monroe; daughter: Ann Monroe Albert; sisters: Betty Butler Wallace and Christine Butler Hussey; brothers:  Odell Butler Jr.

Viola is survived by sons:  Al and wife Karen, Timmy and wife Roxanne; son in law:  Stoney and wife Cynthia; grandchildren: Stephanie and husband Brandon, Alison and husband Tyler, Ashley and husband Chad, Stuart, Jonathan and wife Alison; great grandchildren:  Wyatt, Maverick, Harper, Reagan, Dakota, Carson, Julia Ann; sister: Laura Ann Brady; brother: Dal Butler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Elise Presbyterian Church, PO Box 637, Robbins, NC  27325 or FirstHealth Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Monroe family.

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  1. Mom, you have been hurting for many years. Now you have a new body. No more pain. I am going to miss you so much! I know I will see you someday. Put your arms around Dad & Ann and give them a big hug from me ! Love you so much !! See you when Jesus Christ

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Viola’s passing.-  She was a wonderful lady, and I will always cherish those memories of my time spent with her at Carthage Tractor and Implement.-  My thoughts and prayers to all of you as you celebrate a life well lived.- – 

  3. Viola was a beautiful person and an inspiration to many. I have so many fond memories of our times together. Prayers for her family.

  4. Viola was a very dear person with always a kind word to say about everyone.. Sympathy to her family. –  She is in God’s arms with Norman, Ann, and her gracious-  mother, Granny Butler.-  God’s speed, Vi.-  You will be missed.-  Love you.
    Mickey & Mon

  5. A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on January 13, 2019

    Our hearts and prayers are with your family! First Presbyterian Church of Mount Gilead

  6. You will be missed dear nanaw. So many great memories we had. I’m thankful your body is now new and whole. Love you so much

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with Al Monroe’s family. We worked with Al at Coremark and knew how much family means to him.
    Tammy and Sam Poe

  8. So sorry for you and your family’s loss, I never had the pleasure of meeting your Mom, but I know she was a wonderful person because she raised you to be a wonderful person.- 

  9. Al- 
    I am so sorry! We do know that the promise is there, that we will once again be able to see all our love ones. Until then you will have a missing piece but the memories will help you and the faith that you have will lead you through it..

  10. Viola was one of the best friends I have ever had. She was so friendly, smart and a good sense of humor and everyone loved her. May God Bless the family during this difficult time and know your mother was loved by everyone fortunate to know her.

  11. Thought and prayers are with the family in their time of loss.
        
    Love & Prayers
    Harold, Pat, & Misty Clark
    Psalms 116:15

  12. We always enjoyed visiting with you, Uncle Norman and the whole Monroe family when we were kids and later in to adulthood. Those were awesome times and many great memories. Ann was a big part of that too. God bless you.- 

  13. With Heart-Felt Sympathy, Love & Prayers for all the Monroe family. ‘As long as we live and remember, our loved ones live within our hearts.’ Viola was a special lady. She was always so good to me. She & I shared some special times together. I loved her d

  14. I was blessed to grow up in a church surrounded by such wonderful people–and Viola and Norman were two of the best! – Larry and I are praying for peace and comfort for your family as you grieve the loss of such a special lady.

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