Monique Francoise Denoeu Cone

Friday, October 24, 2014
Hanover, N.H. — Monique Francoise Denoeu Cone, 85, of Hanover, died peacefully with family and friends nearby, at 12:45 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. She passed away in Hanover, after a long illness.

Monique was born in Ste. Mere Eglise, France, on June 16, 1929, to Suzanne Julie Chaise Denoeu and François Denoeu, Ph. D. The Denoeus were married in Paris in April 1923. The family moved to America permanently in the early 1930s, when her father was made the first Chair of the French Language Department at Dartmouth College. Professor Denoeu would author several books on the French language (including the celebrated 2001 French and English Idioms, dedicated to his daughter). During World War II, her father, François, fought with the French Resistance against the Axis, and was decorated by the French government for his bravery and valor. Her mother, Suzanne, would host small groups of Dartmouth students who wished to learn conversational French. Monique’s parents taught her the language so perfectly at home that when she visited Paris, she was treated as a native. It was a warm, learning environment in which Monique was raised.

In 1947, Monique attended Smith College for two years. On Aug. 6, 1949, she married John Coit Cone of Hartford, Vermont, in the White Church at Dartmouth (now the First Church of Christ at Dartmouth College). In 1949, John and Nicky, as her husband fondly called her, moved to Hanover. At that point John assumed ownership of the Hartford Woolen Company. John Cone would become a New Hampshire state legislator and worked as the primary staffer for Robert F. Kennedy investigating the Bernard Goldfine-Sherman Adams “Vicuña Coat Affair.” Monique remained married to John Cone until his death in 2006.

Monique and John had three children - Elizabeth Huntington Cone, John Denoeu Cone, and Janet Michelle Cone.

Monique and her family spent many wonderful summers vacationing at their cottage, Fernwood, on Lake Morey, Vermont, and made close friends there as well as in Hanover.

During Monique’s full life, she dedicated herself to raising her children, as well as working as the Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer for the Hartford Woolen Company for 40 years. Monique was an active member of the Hanover-Lebanon community service scene. In her spare time, Monique became a major fundraiser for the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, beginning in the 1950s, and was often recognized in the local media for her charity work. She was a dynamic volunteer and worked tirelessly for the Ford Sayer Ski School, the Hanover Ski School, and the Howe Library.

Monique Denoeu Cone is survived by her sister, Genevieve Henriette Willis, 90, of Lake Worth, Fla.; as well as her children, Elizabeth of Portland, Maine, John of White River Junction, Vt, and Janet and her husband David Parnes of Sudbury, Mass.; her grandchildren, Malcolm Cone-Coleman of Brooklyn, N.Y., Caleb Cone-Coleman of Portland, Maine, Emily Cone-Parnes of Elon, N.C.; and her stepgrandson, Tyler Parnes and his wife Rebecca Kozak of Boston, Mass.

A memorial service will be held at Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Road, Hanover, N.H. 03755 (603-643-8900), at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit www.rand-wilson.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover.