Lillian Ruth Montgomery, 85, longtime resident of Wichita Falls, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Springtown where she had been living for the past 23 years.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 18 at Hampton Vaughan Chapel. Interment followed at Crestview Memorial Park in the Garden of Faith. Please share your condolences and fond memories with the Montgomery family at www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com.
Lillian was born Feb. 9, 1928, near Knox City in Haskell County to Burley Burton “B.B.” and Joyce Irene (McWhorter) Hobbs. On June 8, 1946, she married Sam Montgomery in Wichita Falls; together they raised three children. She and Sam led a lively life of music and family.
She sang and played the piano in their country music band, Sam Montgomery and the Melodiers. They had a radio show as well as a local TV show.
At the age of 16, Lillian and her sister Bernice traveled to Dallas and performed on the Big D Jamboree. She had even made a record, but her greatest contribution was her song writing. At home, her life was all about her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook with other family members coming to her to learn her secrets. Holidays at her house were always a huge spread of everything wonderful.
Lillian was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Sam Montgomery in 2002; parents, B.B. and Joyce Hobbs; sister, Gladys Joyner; and brothers, J.B. and Murl Hobbs.
Survivors include her devoted children and spouses, Sammy Montgomery of Wichita Falls, Sharon and Steve VanAllen of Iowa Park and Troy and Dana Montgomery of Springtown; sisters, Bernice Crain of San Antonio, Juanita Spears, Cherry Barrett both of Wichita Falls and Bonnie Dahl of Anchorage, Alaska; brother, Barney and wife, Garnita Hobbs of Byers; grandchildren, Janis Berryman, Kevin Rodgers, Crystal Colley and Heather Collins; eight great-grandchildren with one more she was looking forward to; and five great-great-grandchildren also with one more she was looking forward to.
The Azle News,
Oct. 23, 2013 Edition