Elnora “Nora” A. (Brenneman) Monroe, 79, of Smithville, MO, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2019. She was born March 20, 1940, in Leavenworth, KS.
Nora graduated from Smithville High School, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Smithville, and worked as the Office Manager for the Clay County Parks Department for more than 12 years. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She loved antiques and gardening—particularly growing tomatoes—and took pride in sharing her annual harvest. She also had a passion for thrift-storing and frequently showered her family, friends, and anyone in need with her “treasures”.
Nora is survived by her daughter Meredith (Johnson) Ivey, daughter-in-law JoBeth Johnson (Thomas Mason), step-son John C. Monroe III (Jinny), brother James “Jim” Justus, sister-in-law Zandi Brenneman, her grandchildren Hayden, Nicholas, Ava and Emma Johnson; Andy, Ben and Luke Monroe; Michiko and Masato McMahon; and Erica Haley, her nephews Ernest “Ernie” Shikles (Gena) and Aaron Brenneman (Ines) and their families, as well as numerous family members and friends who loved her dearly.
In addition to her parents, Ralph “Barney” Brenneman (Shirley) and Elnora Justus (Norman), Nora was preceded in death by her husband John C. Monroe, Jr., her son Michael D. Johnson, her step-daughter Laurie (Monroe) McMahon, her brother Ralph “Budge” Brenneman and her son-in-law, Gene C. Ivey, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church, 300 S Bridge St, Smithville, MO, 64089; NorthCare Hospice, 1500 Meadow Lake Pkwy, Ste 200, Kansas City, MO, 64114; or www.lungcancerfoundation.org in memory of Michael D. Johnson. You may share online condolences at www.TerraceParkFuneralHome.com.