Monique Suzette Léger Epley passed away on Nov. 21, 2018, at the age of 48, after a lengthy battle with liver disease.
Born to Thomas and Marilyn Léger (Parr), Monique grew up in Carpinteria. Thereafter she attended University of California Santa Barbara, where she majored in art. Monique was a skilled painter, and she maintained her passion for art throughout her life. After college, she started her career with the City of Carpinteria, where she worked for nearly two decades.
Monique loved language in any form—crossword puzzles, literature, music—and was well-known for her sharp and witty observations of the otherwise mundane aspects of daily life. She had a soft spot for animals and gave a home to many stray dogs and cats. She was an accomplished self-taught cook. She laughed often and mostly at herself. She was a fiercely loyal friend and utterly devoted to her family.
Monique is survived by her beloved children Bryan and Isla, her husband Mike, her sister Sarah Léger (Ramon Ignacio) and nephews Charlie and Dexter Ignacio, as well as a large, loving family of Epleys (Joe and Jeanie) and Clements (Brad and Lori) she was lucky enough to marry into. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Monique’s life will take place on Jan. 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 5026 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria, where we ask her friends to please come ready to laugh, hug and share stories of our sweet Mo.