Mary Lee Maples Montgomery

CARROLLTON, Ky.-Mary Lee Maples Montgomery, 79, of Carrollton, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Green Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carrollton.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home, 809 Highland Ave., with the Rev. Bobby Wade officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda A. (Ed) Zinn of Kunming, China and Diana L. (Donnie) Smith of Bedford, Ky.; a son, James W. (Sandy) Maples, Jr., of Florence, Ind.; two younger sisters, Shirley Ann (Keith) Bender of Missouri and Linda Sue (Paul) Hower of California. In addition to her children and sisters, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive her.
Mrs. Montgomery was born on April 18, 1934, in Ashland, Boyd County, Ky., the daughter of the late Edith and Max Jarvis. After graduating from Ashland High School in Ashland, she attended nurses training at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1955.
She worked at the Carroll County Health Department from 1965 to her retirement in 1989. All the children knew her as ""Nurse Maples"" and she would even make some children faint when she paid visits to the local schools. She has given multiple generations of children their shots and physicals over her years as a public health nurse.
She was married to James E. Montgomery on Sept. 17, 1983, and remained happily married for 25 years till his death in October 2008. The years after her retirement from the Health Department were spent with her children and grandchildren, extended family and friends. She lived at an assisted living apartment for several years then at Green Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center due to an extended illness of Alzheimer's disease. Her final remaining years were spent at Green Valley where her former co-workers cared for her. Since being diagnosed in 2000 with Alzheimer's she had been lovingly supported and cared for by her family and friends.
She loved angels and their message. She was a member of the Dean Memorial United Methodist Church in Worthville, Ky., where she played piano for years and also the Family Worship Center in Carrollton, where she volunteered as a door greeter and helped in the office.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio in her memory in care of the funeral home.
Published in The News-Democrat on Sept. 6, 2013