Mona C. Enkoff, 89, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, where she resided for the past two years. Mona was born on May 6, 1926 in Hamilton County, Indiana to her parents L. Eldean and Mary (Hadley) Hopkins.
Mrs. Enkoff graduated from Westfield High School. She married Carl G. Enkoff and together they operated the Overlook Tourist Cabins in Shoals. In later years, she moved to Venice, Florida and resided there for several years. While residing in Florida, she was active in the Christ United Methodist Church. Mona was a fifty-year member of The Order of Eastern Star, member of the Martin County Extension Homemakers and the United Methodist Women.
Mona's granddaughter shares: My memories of my grandmother, Mona Enkoff, are completely and irrevocably tied to my childhood. It would be impossible for me to write about her life without tying it to mine, because she has always been such an important person in it. Mona and my grandfather couldn't have children of their own. Mona, being the maternal, compassionate and living person she was, was determined to start a family regardless. So, in 1959, she adopted my father, Bryan Enkoff. I literally owe her my life. She gave my dad and his brother, Michael, a safe and wonderful home and loved them like there were her own blood - because to her, they were. Growing up, when anyone would ask me about the fact that my dad was adopted, I never knew what to say to them. Mona was my grandmother in every way possible, and I never thought about it any further than that.
As a kid, there was always a place for me in her lap and a Fudgesicle waiting for me in her refrigerator. She knew all the books and movies I loved growing up. She taught me to love music and always carry a song in my heart. She was there for every childhood birthday party and Christmas morning for me and my brothers, Hal and Lee Enkoff. We were her only grandchildren, and we knew how special we were to her because she was our only living grandparent too.
Someday, I will tell my children about her kind and loyal spirit. We will celebrate her life, how she was strong in her faith no matter the hardships she faced, how much she meant to me and my brothers and how she will always be missed.
Mona is survived by son Bryan L. and his wife, Melanie, of Columbus, Indiana, three grandchildren; Meredith, and her husband, Aaron, Spielman of Fayetteville, Hal Enkoff of Columbus, and Lee Enkoff, a student at IU Bloomington; and sister Carol Talbott of Venice, Florida. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Michael Enkoff, and two brothers, Bobby and Billy Hopkins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Shoals United Methodist Church. Her family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 p.m. until the hour of service. Services under the direction of the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals.