Barbara Monroe

Sep 25, 1947 - Dec 3, 2016

Obituary

On December 3, 2016, Barbara Sue Lindahl Monroe peacefully joined God’s eternal angel choir after a lifelong battle with Type 1 diabetes and other associated health problems. She was surrounded by family. Barbara, or Babs, was born September 25, 1947, in Oroville, CA and grew up in the tiny northern California rice farming community of Richvale. She attended Biggs High School, where she was a Homecoming Queen and songster/cheerleader, and later earned her degree in sociology from Westmont College. After earning her teaching credential from Chico State, Barbara met the love of her life, Jerry, in 1970. After marriage in 1972, the couple spent time in San Francisco and Sacramento before taking up residence in Elk Grove in 1975. In 1976, their son Brock was born and in 1981, they adopted Whitney “Meg” from South Korea.

Barbara was a lifetime educator in the Elk Grove School District, working at Elk Grove Elementary, Markofer Elementary, and McKee Elementary. She later taught Independent Study and Pending Expulsion at Las Flores High School, as well as at Elk Grove Charter School. Barbara had a huge heart for her students, many who came from troubled backgrounds. Her Pending Expulsion students, in particular, would often open up only to her because she never judged them and always treated them with respect and compassion.

On December 9, 1997, Barbara received the tremendous gift of a kidney transplant from local longtime friend Galen Hedin. This amazing kidney lasted almost 19 years but the friendship and gratitude will last forever.

Deep faith in God was very important to Barbara; she and Jerry were actively involved in First Covenant Church, Rancho Cordova, for many where years they forged lifelong friendships with their Bible Study and many others. Later, she and Jerry began attending BOSS (Bayside of South Sacramento) Church, which she loved because of the caring, diverse and community-oriented congregation.

Barbara will always be remembered for her engaging smile, laughter, warmth, compassion, sense of humor and love for people of all walks of life and animals. She loved cats especially and was never without at least two feline companions.

Barbara is preceded in death by her mother Treva, father Elmer, and sister Beverley. She leaves behind her husband Jerry, son Brock (Nick), and daughter Meg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Barbara’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, the National Kidney Foundation, and Lapcats Rescue of Elk Grove.

A celebration of life will be held December 21, 2016, at 11 AM at BOSS Church in Sacramento, 6528 44th Street, Sacramento 95823.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820

Guestbook

  • Doris Goldstein says:

    Barb was a true light of God in our world. She gave unconditional love and she will be dearly missed. Well done, good and faithful servant! Love and heartfelt condolences to her family- our prayers are with you.

  • Kerry Smith says:

    I loved her like she was my Aunt. I’ve known her all my life! My Daddy’s kidney was given to her out of pure love! We are all Blessed by the 19 years his kidney gave her. I will always have red (wooden) hearts in my heart for her!! She is gone too soon… love to the family.

  • Kathy Schoch says:

    Fond memories of Barb and Jerry. Sympathy to the family and rejoicing with Barb at her homecoming.

  • Sue Carson McDonell says:

    Barbara and I were friends through Beverly Carlson who later married my brother. We did laugh toghther and enjoy each other’s company. She was a dear sweet lady. It is so wonderful to know she has met our heavenly father and is in his arms.

  • CarolKincaid says:

    Grateful to have experienced Barbara’s loving friendship for many years while attending First Covenant…. I will always cherish the sweetness of her presence. May precious memories be yours Jerry, Brock and Whitney during this season of your lives… and may you rest in and take comfort in God’s love today and in all your tomorrows.

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