Monaei Lee Englehardt Perry, 85, of Raleigh, North Carolina, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Elmcroft of Northridge Assisted Living Center in Raleigh.

She was born in North Vernon, Indiana, on June 30, 1936, to C.H. Englehardt and Martha Belle Wilson Englehardt. Most of her school years were spent in Seymour, Indiana, where her father was a high school basketball coach and a junior high school administrator. She excelled in cheerleading and diving as well as her scholastic pursuits. She attended MacMurray Women’s College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and married Max Lee Perry Sr. in August of 1957. She relocated to Logan, Utah, where he played college basketball for Utah State and raised their two young son while cheering for the Aggies. They moved back to Indiana has he pursued a career in high school basketball coaching including a stop at Southwestern. She worked as a secretary in the admissions department at Hanover College for 24 years until retiring in 2002 when she and her husband moved to Raleigh to be near their sons and grandchildren. She had resided at Elmcroft of Northridge Assisted Living Center since March.

Survivors include two sons, Max Lee Perry Jr. and Martin L Perry, both of Raleigh; five grandchildren, Max Lee Perry III, Gregory Kloepfer Perry, Allyse Marie Perry Pixton, Robert Martin Perry and Logan Witt Perry; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years on Feb. 27, 2008; and her brother, Dan Wilson Englehardt, and other family and friends.

Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 7, at the Brown Wynne Funeral Home in Raleigh. Interment will be at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Online condolences,h