Galena K. Munroe


Galena K. (Brown) Munroe

1930 – 2010

AUBURN – Galena Katherine (Brown) Munroe, 79, died on March 26, after a long illness.

Galena was born April 29, 1930, in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, daughter of Alexander Brown and Verlie (Campbell) Brown. Galena graduated from Plaster Rock High School in 1948. Following high school, Galena trained as a registered nurse at Carleton Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, New Brunswick, and at Royal Victoria Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Montreal. She received her nursing degree in 1952 and later worked at hospitals in New Brunswick and Maine.

In 1953, Galena married Perry Munroe, of Presque Isle, with whom she had five children. Following their marriage, Galena and Perry ran a potato farm in Presque Isle until 1970. Galena was a familiar sight in the potato fields. She was best known for bringing soft drinks to the picking crew every afternoon during the harvest; an unusual and popular practice at the time. Galena and Perry moved to West Haven, Conn., in 1970, and to Auburn the following year. After moving to Auburn, Galena returned to nursing and worked at the Marcotte Nursing Home in Lewiston and later at the So-Fro Fabric Store in Lewiston where she was able to share her love of sewing and crafts. Both Galena and Perry retired in 1992 and spent many happy years together at their house on Lemieux Street in Lewiston.

Galena enjoyed spending time with her husband and extended family of children and grandchildren. Her favored pastimes included working in her garden, knitting, sewing, water walking with her friends at the YWCA and making scrapbooks with friends and family. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Auburn and enjoyed attending its many functions. Galena was also an avid reader of murder mysteries and spent countless hours following the Red Sox on TV. Galena loved animals, especially cats and especially Siamese.

Galena is survived by her daughter, Judy and her husband, Bill Cartmel; her son, Steve and his wife Shelagh; her daughter, Nancy and her husband, Bob Delaney, her daughter Susan, her daughter Kim and her husband, Craig Davis; eight grandchildren, Natalie and Lauren Cartmel, Lewiston, Grady and Ceilidh Munroe, St. Albans, Vt., Ashton Delaney, Yarmouth, and Ben, Kayla and Stewart Davis, of Anchorage, Alaska. She is further survived by her nieces and nephews, Marcia McCullough, Mark Munroe, Bonnie Sammons and Glen Munroe.

Galena was preceded in death by her husband, Perry, in 2006; her father, Alex, in 1987; her mother, Verlie, in 1988; and her brother, Douglas (RCAF) in 1943.