Geneva Monroe, affectionately known to family and friends as Tassie or Gen, was born on 4 November, 1933, to the late George W. Armstead and Elizabeth C. Hathaway Armstead. She is the youngest of six siblings – Lillian Bradshaw, Viola Sawyer, George Jr., Alberta, Catherine and James Armstead. She is also the Matriarch of the Hathaway Family.
Geneva attended St. Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC and graduated from Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, Durham, NC. While attending nursing school, she studied pediatric nursing at McHarry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Upon completion of nursing school, she migrated to the DMV area to work at the Psychiatric Hospital now known as The Crownsville Hospital in Crownsville, MD. There she met and married her husband, the late James E. Monroe, II and resided in Washington, DC. Geneva held numerous jobs while living in the DMV; she worked at Washington Hospital Center, George Washington Hospital, MarSalle Nursing Home and the United States Department of State. After leaving the State Department she moved back to her home town of Edenton, NC to take care of her parents. There she began working at Britt Haven Rehabilitation Nursing Home. Geneva would eventually retire from the NC State Correctional Institution.
Geneva is blessed with five loving and caring children, Serne Cooper (Charlotte, NC), James Monroe, Jr. (Clinton, MD), Jacquelyne Ford (Silver Spring, MD), Donita Artis (Germantown, MD) and Jenelle Byrd (Charlotte, NC). Her niece Angela Harrison (Raleigh, NC) she treats as a daughter, and nephew,Kirt Taylor (Edenton, NC)as a son.
She adores her grandchildren: Kynea, Aaron, Richard, James IV, Shawn, Shane, Ashanti, Deka, Donovan, Dallas and Elijah. She has two son-in-loves, Terry Artis and Roderick Byrd plusa host of nieces, nephews and great-grand kids.
Geneva loves to quilt and crochet, giving every child and grandchild one of her famous quilts. This is her passion and relaxation. She crochets hats as well. One year she made hats for all her kids for Christmas. Geneva is quite the cook and bakerwho love to feed you. Her famous cakes are Key Lime and Red Velvet, and she sure can fry up some Peach Jacks.
Geneva has a generous heart. There is nothing that she wouldn’t do for you. She has opened her doors and heart to persons who migrated from the south to live in DC. Geneva has always been a good listener who provided solid advice to whoever was in need. The advice most often given is “pray”.
Please come out and be a part of this surprise 85th Birthday Celebration Brunch to this Phenomenal Woman Geneva (Tassie) Monroe.