September 7, 1929 – May 8, 2019
Monique Thompson, 89, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Cary Health & Rehab Center.
Monique is survived by her cousin Helene of Lyon, France.
Monique was born in France and spent her childhood in Lyon. As a young adult, she was an acclaimed opera singer in Paris. She also performed as Juliette in the ballet, Romeo and Juliette in Paris. She married an American soldier and left her career in Paris to join him in the U.S.
Later Monique was a featured singer at the Velvet Cloak Inn in Raleigh singing romantic songs of the era. Monique was the loving owner of two dogs, Nona and Pepper, who returned her love. Monique leaves friends and neighbors who will miss her greatly.
She was a good, kind, and loving friend and neighbor and enriched the lives of all who met her.
Thanks to the staff and residents at Cary Health and Rehab for their support and care.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 17th at 11am at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite dog rescue charity or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC.
- Monique is survived by her cousin Helene of Lyon, France. She was the loving owner of two dogs, Nona and Pepper, who returned her love. Monique leaves friends and neighbors who will miss her greatly.
- Your favorite local dog rescue charity
- Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019
Remembering Monique ❤️
I was a young college student in the 60s when I first met Monique at the Heidelberg Resturant at Cameron Village where she was the hostess.
I was fascinated by her colorful past, as both a ballerina and opera singer.
On Sunday afternoons she played record albums for me of her favorite classical composers and opera singers. It was the best music education class ever !!!
Monique was a very talented and compelling performer. At the Velvet Cloak in Raleigh, she captivated listeners with her popular songs but most never knew she was once a celebrated opera singer in Paris.
My friendship with Monique has remained strong all these years despite the miles between us. When my travels took me through the Raleigh Durham airport, I made it a point to visit the gift shop where she worked, stealing her away for a cup of coffee.
I cherish our walks thru the woods with her dogs, near her condo on Longstreet Drive. Sometimes I sent her care packages with treats for the dogs and opera DVDs for her.
Once sitting on a picnic blanket in the shade at Pullen Park, just for fun, I asked her to sing for me.
I was treated to a beautiful version of “Stella by Starlight” a song that will always remind me of her.
It begins with the lyrics
“The song a robin sings, through years of endless springs ... ”
And l am reminded of her upbeat personality and ability to rise above difficult times in her life.
I’m so grateful to have known Monique. She has enriched my life in so many, many ways. I will always love her dearly.
Thank you Monique ❤️
May 15, 2019
I'm saddened to hear of Monique's passing. She and my sister, Linda Cates Dudley, worked together and were best of friends for many years. Both were ardent dog lovers. Monique frequently celebrated holidays with my family at my mother's home in Durham. Monique was a gentle, kind, friendly, and joyful person. She was a delight to be around. She has now joined Linda. Rest in peace dear friend.