Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 29, 2012

Dolores "Lola" (Amor) Monks, 79 Years

Andover — Dolores “Lola” (Amor) Monks of Andover, beloved wife of George G. Monks, died at her home, surrounded by her family on Saturday evening, November 17, 2012. She was 79 years old.

Born in Concord, N.H. on August 11, 1933, daughter of the late Cipriano and Maria (Maza) Amor. Lola cherished her small town childhood in the Spanish immigrant community in Montpelier Vt. where her father was a blacksmith in the granite industry. Her enduring friendships with the “Gang” from Montpelier High School lasted a lifetime. Trained as a teacher at the University of Vermont, she went on to meet her husband-to-be while working as a governess in Spain, for the family of her sister-in-law-to-be, Ellen Higgins, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Happily married in Andover for more than fifty years, Lola was a past president of the Andover Garden Club, a member of the National Organization of Women, and served on the Board of the Lawrence YWCA. She volunteered at the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as a translator for Spanish-speaking people at Lawrence General Hospital. She also spent many happy days arranging at the Andover Flower Shop alongside her great friend, Phyllis Muto of Andover.

Lola enjoyed traveling with her family and her greatest personal satisfaction came from mastering new crafts and art forms. Over the years, her greatest focus was on decoupage with her mentor and dear friend Joyce Cooper of North Andover.

Lola will be deeply missed by her husband, George, and her loving children, Gardner Monks and his wife, Tasha Braga of Los Angeles, Calif., Maria Elena Monks of Andover, Charles C.A. Monks of Gainesville, Fla. and Alicia MK Monks of Waltham; sister, Amparo “Ann” Bliss of Montpelier, Vt.; grandson, Eric Braga and many nieces and nephews. Lola was also the sister of the late Isabel Irwin and Luis Amor.

ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private. Donations in Lola's memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( For additional information, please visit,