Louise Eline Miller Fortier Monroe, 97, died January 16, 2018 in Jackson, MS. Born January 6, 1921, she was the daughter of William Miller and Alma Dunnam of Quitman, MS. She graduated from East Mississippi Junior College and worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was married in January 1944 to James Paul Fortier, Jr. of Thibodaux, La. and lived in New Orleans, where their first two children were born, and then moved to Lafayette, La. where their third child was born. After her husband’s death in 1956, she moved to Jackson, MS. She was married to Herbert Monroe of Jackson, MS in 1963 until his death in 1971.
She worked for Dr. Raymond Grenfell Sr. as secretary beginning in the late 1950s and became office manager as Drs. Raymond Grenfell Jr. and Robbie Evans joined the office until her retirement in 1997. Mrs. Monroe was a charter member and first president of the Mississippi Women’s Bowling Association. She was also very active in the Mississippi Medical Assistants Association and the New Bourbon Street Jazz Society.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Rudolph Miller; her sister, Flourine Ivy; her daughter, Carol Fortier Anderson Ryals; and her son, William (Bill) Fortier. She is survived by her sister, Almyra Van Horn of Alabaster, Ala.; son, Patrick Miller Fortier of Brooklyn, NY, and daughter-in-law, Maggie Wynn Fortier; her two granddaughters, Kathryn Anderson Rodenmeyer (Ron) of Jackson, Miss. and Octavia Fortier of New Orleans; and her three great grandchildren, Eve, Benjamin, and Kate Rodenmeyer.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at Hopewell United Methodist Church outside of Quitman.