Monnie Elaine Keith, the beloved daughter of Hazel Scott and Charles Jones, was born on April 15, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA.
A native Pittsburgher, Monnie attended Pittsburgh Public Schools and graduated from Schenley High School with honors in 1965. She made some of her most cherished friendships during her junior high school days and they remained close her entire life. During her senior year of high school, Monnie earned the opportunity to take advanced classes at the University of Pittsburgh, which ignited her pursuit of higher education, which continued at Howard University and the University of Southern California. She was also introduced to the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha and formed a lifelong bond.
Following graduation, Monnie worked in a multitude of industries including being one of the first African American flight attendants for United Airlines, as well as being the first beauty consultant of color for the airline. Monnie had an amazing sense of style and worked as a fashion buyer for Kaufmann's department store in downtown Pittsburgh. It was at Kaufmann's where Monnie met Gilbert Brown. Monnie and Gil fell in love and were excited to begin life together in San Diego, CA. From this union, they welcomed their twin daughters, Tracey and Stacey Brown.
During her years in San Diego, Monnie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior. When Monnie moved back to Pittsburgh in 1985, she, her mother, and her daughters joined Refuge Temple in Homewood. Monnie continued her growth in Christ and she and her family joined Pentecostal Temple and made it their church home, where they served passionately.
Monnie worked as a senior technical writer for over 30 years. Lending her brilliant mind to a host of organizations throughout her career. Anyone who knew Monnie knew she was a gifted writer and was one of the brightest people in the room.
She had a 100-watt smile, a melodic laugh, a quick wit, and a magnetic personality. To know her was to love her. She is preceded in death by her mother Hazel Scott, her father Charles Jones, and her brother Alvin Keith. Cherishing her memory are her family and friends, including her loving daughters, Tracey and Stacey Brown; her granddaughter Sabrina Monnie Brown; her sister Gretchen Bryant; her cousin Delbert Faust, and a host of other extended family and friends.