Marie Montgomery Myers

1918 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Marie Montgomery Myers Obituary
Marie Montgomery Myers 1918 - 2012 Sunday, December 9, Marie Montgomery Myers attended First Presbyterian Church and had lunch with friends. On Monday, December 10, 2012, at the age of 94, she passed from this world into eternal life. Marie Myers was born in Prescott, Arkansas on September 26, 1918 to parents Sally Ann and Jovan Burke Montgomery. Later they moved to Oklahoma where she was raised with her three siblings, Burness, Pauline and Fred. Marie attended Capital Hill High School, then Business Night School in Pampa, Texas. In Pampa, she met Joe Myers, a serious young man who was starting a career with the Post Office. They were married October 29, 1939 and were blessed with a daughter, Carol Sue, a year later. Marie and Joe moved to California; first Roseville, then Lemoore and finally Bakersfield, where they would settle permanently, for Joe's work with the Postal Service. In Bakersfield, Marie began a career with the Bakersfield City School District as the Secretary for the Superintendent. She served two superintendents over her 25 year career there. In 1974, Marie and Joe retired from their jobs and began their second career (or "adventures" as they thought of them) as tour guides for Gadabout Tours. Marie's meticulous planning skills and Joe's photographic memory of facts about the regions they visited made them a successful team! From 1978 to 1998, they led 102 tours to 64 countries and 49 states, missing only North Dakota. Throughout her life, Marie was always a giver and a worker. Marie and Joe worked hard, saved conscientiously and gave to those in need. She also gave of herself, volunteering for 27 years at San Joaquin Community Hospital. She was a member of the Bakersfield Women's Club and the East Bakersfield Business and Professional Women's Club, and served as president in 1967-68. She was actively involved at First Presbyterian Church for 52 years. In 2003, she moved to Rosewood Retirement Community and began volunteering there as well. Her volunteer spirit surfaced again just this last May, as she was instrumental in starting Rosie's Closet, a store for gently used items at Rosewood. Age was never a deterrent for Marie's adventures. An avid participant in the Masterpiece Living Program at Rosewood, Marie continued to travel and challenged herself by enrolling in courses studying everything from computers to drama and creative writing and various physical fitness programs; Marie even rode a horse for the first time at age 90. Marie's faith was deep, quiet and certain. She prayed daily and more than once, God performed miracles in her life. She epitomized the Christian life. She was humble, kind and gentle with everyone she met. She made everyone around her, whether family, close friend or a stranger, feel welcome and loved. Marie's legacy continues with daughter Carol Dobbs; grandchildren David Dobbs (and wife Tamera), Susan Heflin (and husband Tom); great grandchildren Alex, Kalyn, Maxx and Daniel, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate a spirit-filled life full of adventure, love and generosity will be held for Marie on Monday, December 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th Street, Bakersfield at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Marie's name to CALM, Covenant Coffee, the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter or the . www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012
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