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Clara Lee Monroe was born to Judge and Pearl Taylor in Eldorado, Arkansas on January 11, 1924. She departed this life on November 28, 2018.
Clara was raised in Eldorado Arkansas. She was the youngest of three which included her older siblings Cecil Frazier and Ernest Taylor. During the war years, she followed her brother Ernest to Portland Oregon where she worked at the shipyard for a short period of time. She later worked various domestic housekeeping positions throughout the city.
Clara, or more affectionately known as, Mother Monroe has been a long-standing member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. She served in many roles within the church including the Mothers Board, various choirs, as well as the Pastor’s Aide. Mother Monroe and her husband Brother Russell Monroe prided themselves as church Sextons for many years. The church was immaculate, clean as a whistle some would say. Clara (Mother Monroe) was a die-hard Old Landmark participant, where she enjoyed fellowshipping with the church membership. Clara (Mother Monroe) loved her church, her pastors, the members, and the special role she played within the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church family.
Clara (Mother Monroe) enjoyed life and all it had to offer. She was a member of the Modern Matrons Club and when dance functions were held; she was sure to strut her stuff. Clara (Mother Monroe) loved to cook, entertain, and provide for her family and friends. She often could be found enjoying her backyard on those 90-degree sunny days pulling weeds, or picking grapes from her grape vine; which she liked to share with others. Her house was considered home to many. You would always be offered a cool refreshing drink and would always be made to feel welcome. The love for her family and friends was evident and unquestionable.
Clara (Mother Monroe) was known for being a compassionate listener, as she listened with her ears and her heart. But she also loved to talk and offered advice to those willing to accept it. She was known for spending hours on the phone, unless the Young and the Restless were on. Additionally, one of her passions was her love for music. Clara (Mother Monroe) loved to sing. “He’s Calling Me” and ”I’m Bound for Mt. Zion“ were a few of her favorites. She could always be heard moaning from the Mothers pew during devotions or sharing these selections while at home with her family.
Clara (Mother Monroe) was a mother of five, a Step-mother and a God-mother. In her life’s journey she had three significant loves that played a key role in her life, William (Lil’ Buddy) Frazier, William (Scoby) Carter, and Russell Monroe. They all preceded her in death as well as her parents Judge and Pearl Taylor, Brother Ernest Taylor, and daughter Patti Glenn Williams.
She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life: Sister Cecil M Frazier, four children, Gloria Bembry, Billie Frazier (Delores), Bobbie Frazier (Caroline), and Vernell Carter (Patty), Step-son Russell (Danny) Monroe, God-son Brad Lindsey and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and loved ones.
Her sense of fashion, style, and her beautiful smile will truly be missed by all.