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Sue Ann (Durkee) Monroe

November 27, 1939 ~ November 14, 2021 (age 81)


    Sue Ann Monroe, age 81, of Ovid, MI, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at Hospice House of Shiawassee County, Owosso, MI.

     Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 19, 2021, with Dr. Eugene Blair officiating.  Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 2-8 P.M. with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

    Sue Ann, daughter of Wilber and Ethel (Maddox) Durkee, was born on November 27, 1939 at her parents' home in Ovid, MI.  She had two siblings: her sister Juanita and brother Hugh.  Sue graduated from Ovid High School in 1958. Sue and Wells Monroe were married on February 7, 1959 at the United Church of Ovid. Together, they raised three sons: Kane, Kevin, and Klayton.

     In the course of her life, Sue lived in Ovid, MI, Owosso, MI and Angola, IN, but she and Wells made their home in Ovid.  She worked for Jenks Drugs Store, Clinton County Drain Office, Kline’s Department Store, Monroe Hardware, and JCPenny.

     Her life's pursuit and passion was all things art. She pursued art from an early age (grade school).  She enjoyed trying various styles and worked with a variety of mediums including: pencil/pen, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil. Primarily self-taught, she excelled at portraiture, but was highly motivated to paint just about anything including murals, themes, scenes and Caricatures.  Sue is an accomplished artist with works being exhibited in a number of art galleries throughout the years.  She has done murals for the United Church of Ovid, Judy's Diner, and Ovid Library Carriage House. As a member of several councils (Shiawassee Arts Council, Clinton County Arts Council, Elsie Arts Council, and National Museum of Women in The Arts), Sue has sold various works and has been commissioned a number of times throughout her career.

     Reading was a pastime she enjoyed, and she was honored and happy to illustrate a children's book, Gingerbread Grandma, by Evelyn Wilhelm Behrens. Sue was a member of the Jobs Daughters and the United Church of Ovid.

     She is survived by her husband, three sons and their wives: Kane and Sherry (Butler) Monroe, Kevin and Suna (Paik) Monroe, and Klayton and Micaela (Palms) Monroe; as well as six grandchildren: Lacey, Tyler, Hayne, Kalvin, Logan, and Luke.  Additionally, she is survived by five nieces: Vicky Rush, Susan Lukkar, Barbara Stahl, Debra Kemp, and Bonnie Jury, one nephew David Jury, and five cousins: (Marlene Smith, Margaret Fryman, Jeanne Cooley, Nelson Weisman and Edward Doan).  She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Ethel Durkee, her brother Hugh Durkee, her sister Juanita Jury, granddaughter Misty Monroe, and nephew Hugh McCombs.

     Memorials may be made to a Charity of the Donor's Choice, Ovid Public Library or to the United Church of Ovid. Online condolences can be sent to The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, Michigan.

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Visitation - with family present from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M.
November 18, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid
232 E. Oak Street
Ovid, MI 48866

Funeral Service
November 19, 2021

11:00 AM
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid
232 E. Oak Street
Ovid, MI 48866

Burial will be held at

Maple Grove Cemetery
300 East Elm Street
Ovid, MI 48866


Charity of Donors Choice

Ovid Public Library
206 North Main Street, Ovid MI 48866
Tel: 1-989-834-5800

United Church of Ovid
131 West Front Street, Ovid MI 48866

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