Monique Yvette Wallace, a longtime resident of Montclair and the first 911 dispatcher for its Police Department, died on Feb. 23, 2022, after battling lung cancer. She was 55.

Mrs. Wallace was born to Barbara and Luther Wallace at Mountainside hospital in 1966, the younger of their two children.  

She spent her early years in Orange before the family moved to Montclair, where she attended Mount Hebron School. She graduated from Montclair High School in 1985; after graduation she enrolled in Katherine Gibbs School, with a focus on becoming a secretary. 

Mrs. Wallace worked in several different capacities prior to hitting her stride as the first  911 dispatcher for the Montclair Police Department. After leaving the department, she began a career in sales. 

Before “Living my best life” was a saying, she was already living her best life by her own rules. If she had an opinion about something, she would state it, with conviction and no hesitation. That was her story, and she stuck with it. 

She had a distinct voice and laugh that’d come out loud on the most fun nights. She loved to dance, even with two left feet. She also loved cards, spades and poker at cookouts and game nights, and liked to visit the casinos in Atlantic City. After playing cards, she’d enjoy her absolute favorite food, crabs. 

Mrs. Wallace loved to travel. She visited family and friends in many states across the country and also from the Bahamas to Tobago. 

She was a family person and an asset to the Montclair community. She was known for being generous, helping anyone she met and always providing a helpful hand, whether it was giving someone a ride to the grocery store or offering them a place to live.

Mrs. Wallace lived her life like it was golden, and she always encouraged others to do the same.

She is survived by her children, Danielle Wallace, Terrence, Mary and Terrell White; her grandson, Wyatt Breeze; her brothers, Lyle (Jennifer) Wallace and Gerald Vincent Wallace; a sister, Carla Jackson-Kearny; two nieces, Serena and Latesha; two nephews, Andre and Nafi; a first cousin, Douglass Harris, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and loved ones.

Mrs. Wallace was preceded in death by her parents, Barbara and Luther Wallace.

Services were March 5 at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals. Interment was at Rosedale Cemetery.