Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Munro |

Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Munro

Longtime York, Maine, resident Elizabeth Jane Munro, 86, died in Portsmouth, N.H., on Aug. 21, 2014.

She was born Jan. 10, 1928, in Camden, N.J., daughter of the late Herbert and Dorothy (Swann) Voegel. She grew up and graduated from high school in Collingswood, N.J., and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from New Jersey College for Women, now known as Douglas College. While attending college she met her husband, Barrie Munro. They married on July 2, 1949, in Collingswood, N.J.

Liz and Barrie first lived in Willow Grove, Pa., and later moved into a home in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., where they raised three children. While in Pennsylvania, she volunteered at Abington Memorial Hospital in various capacities, managed the hospital shop, served as a member of the Women’s Board and Public Relations Committee, as a member of the Jenkintown Day Nursery, and taught Sunday School at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Abington.

When Liz and Barrie moved to Rochester, N.Y., in 1973, she volunteered for organizations such as the Strong Memorial Hospital with the Special Interview Program, Genesee Hospital with the Women’s Board and the Art Committee, Embroiderer’s Guild Board, Rochester Garden Club Board as Activity Chairman, East House Corporation Board as President for two terms, and as an interviewer for the Monroe County Bar Association Pre-Trial Program.

After moving to York in 1987, Liz continued to volunteer including co-chairing the Old York Historical Society’s Windacre By the Sea Showhouse. She also served a term on the board of directors of the Historical Society.

She is survived by her husband Barrie; two sons, Drew Munro and wife Carolyn of Granby, and Thomas Munro and wife Jean of Kittery, Maine; a daughter, Carolyn Munro and husband John Hurd of Mexico; a brother, George Voegel of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren, Scott, Karen, Dana and Lindsey; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Dr. David Strauss Furthering Education Fund of the Edgewater Centre, 928 South Street, Portsmouth, N.H., 03801-5475.

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