Avis Louise (Hammond) Munro, 100, was born in Hanson, Mass. on Aug. 20, 1916 and went to meet the Lord on April 30 from the Haven Hospice in Orange Park, Fla.
She married Ronald G. Munro in 1935 and they raised six children, three boys followed by three girls residing in Hanson, Mass. until 1960.
Avis and Ronald moved to Groton, Conn. in 1960 and remained there until his retirement in 1979. The family spent summers in Round Pond. After Ron’s retirement they lived in both Round Pond in the summer and Orange Park, Fla. during the winter months. They worshiped in the Brown Church in Round Pond and St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Orange Park, Fla. where she was Matriarch. They were members of The St. Andrews Society of Maine and Jacksonville, Fla., The Maine Mayflower Society, The Mayflower Society of Plymouth, Mass., and members of the Stetson Kindred and attended annual Carter family reunions (a highlight in their lives). They were also life members of MOCA (Maine Old Cemetery Association). They researched private cemeteries to find the gravestones of Alex and Jane Munro near the Dockendorff/Munro home in Round Pond. Their desire to clean and erect fallen gravestones led them to many cemeteries on land and to the islands in the area.
Avis was an avid genealogist along with her husband, publishing their family genealogy Munro family, descendants of Alexander Bisset Munro of Bristol by Ronald G. Munro. They were very proud of this accomplishment and that the Munro Family Book is in the Library of Congress and every state library as well.
They both contributed their time as genealogists for Clan Munro Association, USA and for many families they met and were rewarded for their tireless efforts. Avis was very bright and even in her later years at age 100 she was on Ancestry.com, Facebook and had her own email address.
She celebrated her 100th birthday at the Hilltop Restaurant in Orange Park, Fla. with over 125 guests.
Avis was predeceased by her loving husband of 74 years, Ronald (2009); sons, Bernard E. Munro (2009), and Charles W. Munro (2015); sons-in-law, Charles N. Small (2011), and John W. Edwards (2016).
She is survived by son, Arthur E. Munro of Swansboro, N.C.; daughter, Doris E. Small of Orange Park, Fla., Freda E. Lee (Robert) of Orange Park, Fla., and Lorraine A. Edwards; daughters-in-law, Sandra Munro, and Vera Munro; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Avis will be missed by her family and her many friends.
A memorial service was held at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Orange Park, Fla. on May 3. There will be a graveside memorial service at 12:30 p.m., Tues., May 23 at Fern Hill Cemetery, Hanson, Mass. with reception following at The First Congregational Church in Hanson, Mass.