Nell Carter Nickles Monroe, 97, widow of Robert Hudson Monroe died Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Savannah Grace Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant.
Born in Greenwood, January 29, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Richard Claud and Ella Howell Carter who were members of First Baptist Church in Greenwood. Mrs. Monroe was educated in the Greenwood public schools and attended Winthrop University where she served on the YWCA cabinet and a member of the Chapel Choir.
Mrs. Monroe spent the early part of her life in Greenwood where she served for twenty years in the public school system. She was the first woman to be elected to the city council in Greenwood and served three terms. While in office she wrote the ordinance forming the city beautification commission.
A charter member and past president of the Violet Garden Club, she also formerly served as past president of the Greenwood Federation of Garden Clubs. She was active in the Greenwood Little Theatre and was a member of the Greenwood County Historical Society. She was also a member of Lawton Bluff Garden Club, Charleston Garden Club, The Lions Auxiliary, and The Ladies Benevolent Society.
A member of South Main Street Baptist Church, she formerly taught Sunday school and was active in the women’s missions, presiding as the president several times.
Mrs. Monroe was twice married, first to the late Roy Everett Nickles.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Roy E. Nickles of Charleston, formerly of Greenwood; stepdaughters, Dorothy Monroe Elletson and Susan Monroe Renfrow; stepson, James T. Mahaffey; grandson Jeffrey Nickles; granddaughters, Kristina Coulter and Alicia Nickles; and six great grandchildren, Alanna and Alyssa Nickles, Pierce and Scarlett Alston, and Merrill Anne and Nolan Coulter.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 PM at Greenwood Memorial Gardens with Reverend Alan Quigley officiating.
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Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Monroe family.