|Birth: ||Oct. 5, 1905|
|Death: ||May 6, 1994|
WASHINGTON - Mary Ellen (Mellon) Monroney, widow of former U.S. Senator A.S. "Mike" Monroney, died Friday of cancer at her home in Chevy Chase, Md. She was 88.
A memorial service will be held in Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral, where her ashes will be placed in a crypt with those of her husband. The service will include a homily by former Oklahoma Governor and current U.S. Senator David L. Boren.
Born in Oklahoma City, she had lived in Washington since 1939, the year after her husband's election to the U.S. House. He served 12 years in the House of Representatives and 18 in the U.S. Senate, but was defeated for re-election by former Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon in 1968. Mike Monroney died in 1980 at the age of 77.
During her husband's life and until her death, Mary Monroney was active on the Washington social scene. Their home in fashionable northwest Washington was the site of lively dinner parties and political talk by high-level government and diplomatic officials, plus the Washington press corps, with whom Monroney was popular. She was a confidante of Bess Truman and Lady Bird Johnson. She also was a friend of Barbara Bush and B.A. Bentsen, wife of former senator and current Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
The Monroneys were active in the Washington National Cathedral. She served as a visitors guide at the cathedral every Friday afternoon for some 15 years.
She established a fund for ethics in government at the cathedral after her husband died, and it has produced seminars on such matters as South Africa, nuclear proliferation, arms control and the Persian Gulf War.
She also was involved in Planned Parenthood, the Senate Wives Club and the Humane Society.
She married Monroney on July 3, 1932. He was a reporter for the Oklahoma News, an Oklahoma City newspaper that later folded. He adopted her son from her first marriage.
Boren, D-Seminole, issued a statement in which he said "Mary Ellen Monroney has been an important part of Oklahoma's history."
She was frequently a speaker in Oklahoma congressional offices for college student interns, who "were all captivated by her total honesty, her rich knowledge of our history and her stories of those she knew as friends who had made American history," Boren said.
Half of her ashes are interred here at the Washington Cathedral with those of her husband, Almer Stillwell "Mike" Monroney. The other half were scattered at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK as were those of her husband for whom the center was named.
Thomas Peabody Mellon (1869 - 1907)
Mary Ellen Phelps Halliburton (1878 - 1933)
Almer Stillwell Mike Monroney (1902 - 1980)
John Kenly Bacon (1903 - 1952)*
Washington National Cathedral
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Created by: Michael Shackelford
Record added: Mar 09, 2014
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