Mrs. Margaret R. H. J. Monkman

Mrs. Margaret R. H. J. Monkman


Let us remember the life and service of a clergy spouse, Margaret Rosalie Howlett Jones Monkman who died at her daughter’s home in Lagrangeville, NY on November 27, 2013. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years.

Margaret was born in London, England in 1932. She spent six years of her childhood under bombing raids and evacuation assignments during World War II. After her husband, Rev. Richard S. Monkman retired in 1993, they moved to New Canaan, CT where she wrote “Bombs and Lambs,” a depiction of her childhood wartime years. Before her marriage, she moved to Bordeaux, France where she taught conversational English to French students for one year. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, where she met her future husband, the American, Richard Monkman. Then she spent a year in New York City working at the United Nations on published nuclear development materials.

Margaret and Richard were then married in London and she began a lifetime career as a clergyman’s wife and partner, serving in Scotland then serving the NY East and New York Conferences at Lynbrook, Cannondale, Bronx: Wakefield Grace, Inwood, Torrington, and for 21 years in Pound Ridge. She continued in this role while teaching in various private schools, including 25 years at the New Canaan Country School.

Margaret is survived by her husband and three children, Richard, Jonathon and Elisabeth; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as family members in England.

Funeral services were private for members of the family.

Gifts in memory of Margaret Monkman may be sent to the United Methodist Church of New Canaan, 165 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT 06840.

Condolences may be sent to Rev. Richard Monkman, 2131 Meadow Ridge, Redding, CT 06896.