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Virginia Mae Montgomery

Virginia Mae Montgomery

July 15, 1913 - Aug. 14, 2014

Virginia Mae Montgomery died peacefully with her family present in the morning of August 14, 2014. Virginia was 101 years old. She was surrounded with singing hymns, Bible scripture reading, and tender touches from all her family and friends.

Virginia was born on July 15, 1913 in Hurdsfield, North Dakota to the parents of Wilbur and Irene (Higley) Grover. They moved to Carrington and she attended the Carrington schools.

In January, 1932, Virginia married Thomas Edward Montgomery and they lived/rented the Ben Zellar farm 11/2 miles West on the Barlow Rd. In 1952, they purchased and lived on the Sidney Indergaard Farm 3 miles east on the Barlow Road. Thomas and Virginia lived and farmed with their sons Stanley, Hugh, and Keith for several years and Kenneth in that area until Thomas passed away in 1979. They moved into a home they purchased in Carrington in 1974. She moved to Kent WA to live with her son Stanley and daughter-in-law Margaret in 1999.

Jesus Christ was the center of her life. She was 'Bold in the Lord' and told everyone that she met about the Lord and His forgiveness for their sins. Virginia was a charter member of the Community Church of the Nazarene, Dakota District. She sang specials and was part of the choir. She was always available to pick up kids for Sunday School. She was very active in the Visitation Ministry, the Kitchen Ministry, and Vacation Bible School. She volunteered to bring food and snacks any time there was a need. She made extra food for Sunday, so if there were visitors or special speakers, they were invited to join us for Sunday dinner.

Virginia was a member of the Farmers Union and took trips to their conventions. One memorable one was to Minneapolis on the train and they got stuck in the snow for 3 days. She had plenty of food and candy for people to eat. Virginia worked as an aide at the Golden Acres nursing home for several years after moving to Carrington. Caring for people was a big part of her life. She was a busy homemaker, with a big garden which she canned and froze from every year. She would take her family on excursions to pick June berries, chokecherries, and plums to put up into jams. It was a fun time because we went many miles and picked in many shelter belts. She loved to bake. Donuts, caramel rolls (made with cream poured over the top), and jelly rolls were her specialties for desserts. She made dumplings and hardy meals to eat or take out to the men working in the fields during rush harvest times.

Virginia's grand, great grand, and great great grand children were a special part of her life. Until recently she tried to remember their birthdays and send them a gift. When she was in Carrington, she would often take them to drug store and have them pick a piece of candy or to the ice cream store.

She enjoyed the opportunity to travel, sometimes to Arizona in the winter or to friends and relatives in WI, CA, MN, WA, OR, NV, MT. She also took her address book and looked up people she knew along the way as they were traveling.

In her years while she was living in Kent, she attended the Kent Nazarene Church and she was active in the nursing home ministry with her son Stanley. She never wanted to miss a chance to talk to the residents every week and be a part of the church service.

She was survived by her sister Betty Rau, Fallon, NV; her children, daughter-in-law Dora Montgomery of Carrington, ND; Stanley Montgomery of Kent WA; Hugh (Maca) Montgomery of Sydney, MT; Marilyn (Joel) Peebles of Sequim WA; Keith (Merrianne) Montgomery of Nampa, ID; 18 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; and 22 great, great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wilbur and Irene (Higley) Grover; siblings Lavern of Minneapolis, MN; Louise Magnauson of Carrington, ND; Wayne of Carrington, ND; Duane of Houston TX; Bonnie of Grand Forks, ND; husband, Thomas, son Kenneth, daughter-in-law Margaret, granddaughter Christine, grandson Dwight and great grandson Hayden Hansen.