DeKALB – Mary Margaret Montgomery, 91, of Esmond, Ill., died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Bethany Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in DeKalb.|
She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in the family farmhouse in Esmond, to Ralph and Tillie (Grider) Montgomery. Mary began her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse. After many years of teaching, she retired from Guilford Center in Rockford after 35 years of service, to care for her parents.
Her mother and father were farmers. Mary was a member of the South Grove Women Farmers Association. Mary and her parents were lifelong members of Esmond United Methodist Church. She was very involved, playing the organ for services for years and teaching Sunday school classes.
She loved to travel, especially her trip to Alaska. Mary loved gathering people together, planned many class and family reunions. She loved caring for animals, especially cats, and cultivated flowers on their farm.
Mary is survived by many cousins and their families. She also is survived by Mike Peterson of Rockford, who she treated like a son. He cared for her lawn and did errands for her. Mary also is survived by her neighbor, Shelly Brock of Esmond, who was her caregiver before she went into the nursing home.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; and her infant brother, Kermit.
Special thanks to DeKalb County Hospice, especially Judy, her primary care nurse. Also to Bethany Healthcare, especially Nav, who went above and beyond to show her care to Mary.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in Esmond United Methodist Church, 475 Eychaner Road, Esmond. The Rev. David Rogula will officiate the service. The visitation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, an hour prior to service. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery in Esmond. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, Sycamore Quiram Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore. To send a condolence or share a memory, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Daily Chronicle from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, 2013