GILBERT, Ariz. - Loving mother and grandmother, Monabel (Thomas) Greggs, former Franklin, Pa., resident, passed away on Monday (Aug. 26, 2013) at her home in Gold Canyon.
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Born April 17, 1933, in Oil City, Pa., to Hazel Hollister and James Thomas, Monie graduated from Rocky Grove High School.
On Oct. 8, 1954, she married Robert E Greggs of Cochranton, Pa. Their event-filled life took them from Franklin to Bradford, Pa., and finally to Chicago, lll., where Monie spent her career with Northern Trust Bank, retiring as vice president of human resources. They retired to beautiful Mountain Brook Village in Gold Canyon.
Monie spent the majority of her days on this earth loving life, travel, friends, volunteering and, most passionately, nurturing her family. In retirement, she served in several organizations including the Gold Canyon Lions Club and Helping Hands.
She is survived by two adoring daughters, Anita Greggs Perez of Chandler and Teresa Greggs Nobrega of Lenexa, Kan.; and three grandchildren, Victoria Perez, Sam Nobrega and Jake Nobrega. Also surviving is her brother, Tom Thomas, of Olathe, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her wonderful husband, Bob; and four siblings, Carl Thomas, Jim Thomas, Loretta Hanna and Joann Perry.
In lieu of a traditional memorial service, friends and family are invited to write a special memory or condolence message on her personal memorial page via the website http://www.falconerfuneralhome.com. Donations are being accepted for
, Mesa, Ariz., via this site; or for your local Hospice. A private interment will take place in Franklin on Oct. 8, Monie and Bob's 59th wedding anniversary. An informal gathering for family and friends will be held in Franklin prior to the interment and will be announced in the near future.
Finally, Monie's own words written in a letter to her grandchildren, embodies the woman she was: "I need you to know that I have accepted God's invitation to live with him forever, so don't be sad for me. Go forth and find a vocation that makes you happy and adds value to the world. Give to people less fortunate, respect others, follow your heart, embrace a great sense of humor, don't be easily discouraged, never be afraid to say you're sorry, and learn that faith & prayer are extremely powerful."
Falconer Funeral Home
251 West Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ 85233-3914
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 6 to Sept. 12, 2013