Sara Alice Morris Monroe, also known as “Meme,” passed away at age 85 at her home on July 16, 2020. She lived an adventurous life filled with family and fun, but spent her final years battling with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alice was born on August 15, 1934 in Madison to TJ Morris and Benita Rogers Morris. Her mother passed away when Alice was seven years old. She and her sister, Betty, who were the two sisters to three brothers, held tight to each other and both became strong independent women.
She graduated from Morgan County High School in 1951 at the age of 16. Alice played basketball and was a member of the Beta Club in high school. She often told stories about her shenanigans with her life-long friend, Dottie Barrett. One of her favorite stories was about a class trip to Washington, DC when one of her classmates, later famously known as Ludlow Porch, pulled the emergency cord and caused the train to stop on a bridge. They were all in trouble!
After graduation, she moved to Atlanta to live with her Aunt Cleo Morrow and attend business school. She credited her Aunt Cleo for “teaching her how to be a lady.” While attending school, she worked at the Fabulous Fox Theater.
She met her husband, Albert J. Monroe, in Atlanta and they married on January 10, 1953. Together they had three daughters, Deborah, Bonnie and Ellen, who they raised in Stone Mountain. They moved “back home” to Madison in 1996. Alice had a long career with Sears Roebuck in the Buying Department until the Catalogue Division closed. Upon their retirement, she and Albert closed their home at 1990 Atlanta Highway in Madison and moved to Jekyll Island, where they had vacationed for many years. There, she kept busy by running the mini golf course for 12 years. Jekyll Island was Alice’s favorite place on earth – she loved hosting guests and getting to know the people she met there.
Perhaps her high school trip inspired her love for travel. She traveled throughout the US and abroad and was always looking for her next adventure. She lived life to the fullest. Alice was also a lover of Jesus and instilled that in her family. She was a member of the Madison First United Methodist Church.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; her brother, Lewis B. Morris; her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Morris Youngblood; and her grandson, Ross Chapman. Her survivors include her loving husband, Albert Monroe; daughters Deborah Britt of Madison, Bonnie (Scott) Chapman of Suwannee, and Ellen Monroe of Duluth; brothers Bill (Frances) Morris, and her twin, Alton (Elizabeth) Morris; brother-in-law, Madison Monroe; sister in law, Hilda Monroe Hicks. Grandchildren Ashley Britt of Cumming, Neal Britt of Nashville, Tenn. and Kyle Chapman of Suwanee; Great Grandchildren Makenzie Britt, Madelynn Britt, Mallery Britt, Lily Britt, Clementine Chapman, Macy Britt, Conor Chapman and Graysen Britt. Alice was blessed with and loved a host of nieces and nephews from the Monroe, Morris, Watkins and Youngblood families.
Alice is part of the body donor program at Emory University School of Medicine. The Family will hold a private celebration of life. The family has requested no flowers, please. Memorials can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Association or the First United Methodist Church Children’s Program.