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LaRosa ~ Monique Danielle “Niki” LaRosa transitioned unexpectedly from labor to reward July 16, 2022, at the age of forty-six, while doing what she loved.
Monique was born October 30, 1975, to Victo LaRosa and Sheryl LaRosa in Jacksonville, Florida. She was the apple of her mother and father’s eye. Monique had close relationships with both parents as she spent quality family time, made daily telephone calls and frequent visits home. She spent summers with her loving grandparents, the late Ruth and M.C. Harris. At a young age, Monique accepted Christ as her Savior. She received her formal education in Duval County Schools and graduated from William M. Raines High School in 1993, where she was an honor student, member of the marching band and majorette squad. Monique furthered her education by studying at Valdosta State University.
One of her greatest joys came in 1998 when she and her husband, Marco Smith had their daughter, Alexis Victoria “Lexi” Smith. Monique cherished motherhood and fostered the type of relationship with Lexi that mirrored the one she and her mother had, one of ‘mother-daughter friends’.
A native Florida girl, she built businesses throughout Georgia on the foundation of her vast talents and visions. Monique was a beauty enthusiast, and not just her own, she devoted her life’s work to enhancing the beauty of others. With passion in her heart, unimaginable drive and determination, she created the Sterling Stands Salons, LLC where she styled Seniors in assisted living facilities (Sterling Estates Assisted Living and Overture Barrett 55+ Independent Living), opened her own boutique and salon (Tips & Toes Nail Salon and Constylment Boutique). Monique was a ‘boss’ known for her strong business acumen and visionary leadership.
A loving mother, cherished daughter, fearless entrepreneur and a no-nonsense person that truly loved her family, Monique leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter-friend, Alexis Smith; devoted mother-friend, Sheryl LaRosa, dotting father, Victo LaRosa; brothers,, Victo LaRosa, Jr., Nicholas LaRosa, Jacob LaRosa; sister, Aida LaRosa; cousin-bestie, LeCelia Harris; uncles, Leon Harris (Renee), Derrick Harris, John LaRosa, Julius LaRosa (Elanore); aunts, Johanna LaRosa, Drucilla Daniels (Silas), Cynthia Grant; cousins, LaVonne Frison (Lawrence), Janice Johnson, Leon Harris II (Tabitha), Marvin Harris III, Jewel Johnson, Lisa Michelle Harris-Wilson, Derrick Harris II, Troy Harris, Pamela Tutson, Patricia Marell, Silas Daniels, Maurice Daniels, Jason LaRosa, Steven LaRosa, Kristie LaRosa, Byron Grant; numerous second cousins; a special niece-bestie, Kennetha Nash; godmother, Bernice Solomon; best friends, Takesha Hughes Stephens and Vickie Pertilla; a host of classmates, devoted employees and faithful clients and friends.
Celebration of Life service for Ms. Monique Danielle LaRosa will be 11:00AM Friday, July 29, 2022 at The Bethel Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Bishop R. W. McKissick, Jr., Lead Pastor; Bishop R. W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Visitation Thursday from 5 – 7:00 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Drive, 904-924-9400