Dolores "Dody" Monroe

  • "I have never forgotten your great laugh, kind nature, and..."
    - Cindy Heffelfinger Steyer
  • "I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Dodys family. My..."
    - Margaret / Maggie Schoen
  • "Dody was a great and wonderful friend! We worked together..."
    - Ginny Leach
  • "I'll see you again someday. Until then you'll be in my..."
    - James Shannon
  • "Aunt Dody you will forever have a place in everyone's heart..."
    - Jennifer Shannon

Dolores "Dody" Monroe was relieved of the burdens of this world and lovingly taken into her Savior's embrace on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. Dody was born on December 7th, 1943 in Philadelphia PA into a large family, the third of 11 children. In 1963 she married George "Reds" Shannon and they settled in Telford, PA to raise their three daughters. She delighted in raising her children and was always available for them, as well as many of the neighborhood children. No child was ever turned away at mealtime, no matter how unexpected, and many kids knew her as "Mom." She enjoyed camping and boating with her family, and was a die-hard Eagles and Phillies fan, even after her retirement to FL. There was no chance of beating her in a match of trivia, and she could remember anyone as easily by their birth sign as she could by their name. She was always the best for gentle, soft hugs. Dody worked as a supervisor at AEL in Colmar, PA where she made many lifelong friendships. She greatly enjoyed her card nights with the girls. She attended the Good News Church in Telford where she grew in the Lord. She and George successfully ran a boarding house in Sellersville, PA until they retired to Daytona Beach, FL in the early 90's. They enjoyed time together until George passed away in 1996. A few years after his passing, Dody took up dancing and fell in love with her charming dance instructor, Wayne Monroe. They were married in 2005 and began life together in Port Orange, FL. Together they operated Wayne's DJ business, where Dody exercised her long-hidden talent for singing. On any given evening they could be found putting on the best party in town, whether it be at the Elks, the Moose, the American Legion, the All City Social Travel Club, the VFW (where she was a life member of the Women's Auxiliary) or a private party or wedding. They also enjoyed shooting darts together. Dody also sang frequently at the Chapel of Faith in Port Orange, where she was an active member. She enjoyed her church immensely. She had great faith and trust in her Lord Jesus Christ and she drew ever nearer to Him as she faced the challenges of her failing health. Dody's greatest joy came from spending time with her very large family. She was greatly loved and will be missed by many. She was pre-deceased by her parents, John Dillman and Ruth Leskoven, her first husband, George Shannon, sisters, Peggy Ruth and Joanie, and her brother, Andy. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Monroe of Port Orange, daughters, Lori Ann Kunsman (Derek) of South Daytona, Kathleen Cerruti (Peter) of Quakertown, PA, and Georgeen Hultgren of Columbia, PA; her beloved grandchildren, Daniel, Mary, Amanda, PJ, Shannon and Katherine; four brothers, three sisters, numerous extended family, as well as her extended family through her marriage to Wayne, and her cat, David. There was always room enough in her heart for all of them. A celebration of Dody's life is being held at the Chapel of Faith, 633 Herbert St., Port Orange, FL on Thursday, June 26th, at 6:00 pm. A reception will follow at the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce, 3431 Ridgewood Ave, Port Orange, 32129. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the family to assist in expenses.

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 26, 2014
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