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Deirdre Ann Montgomerie

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June 11, 1934 - December 2, 2015 Deirdre Ann Montgomerie was born in New Zealand in June, 1934. The youngest of seven children, Deirdre grew up in Otahuhu, a suburb of Auckland, to a family where song and music were an integral part of their home. With music as her passion, she sang in choirs in both New Zealand and America. Deirdre married her husband, John in 1958. In 1969, Deirdre left many beloved friends and family and moved to the U.S. with John and their four children. She spent the next 45 years in the community of Mar Vista developing many new friendships, volunteering and building a home. Deirdre was deeply devoted to her family. Her many interests included, bird watching, playing tennis, gardening, singing, playing the piano, reading, and service to the community. Throughout her lifetime, she also volunteered in schools, libraries, her neighborhood, and supported many nonprofit organizations and environmental groups. Deirdre and John also travelled to many countries including New Zealand, Australia, England, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico and various other far off lands. After a short hospital visit, Deirdre passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on December 2nd, 2015. She is survived by her husband, John, her children Paul, Linda, Bruce and Deirdre, her grandchildren, Michael, Alexander, Claire, Zachary, Jeremy, Caleb, and Terra, great granddaughter, Gigi and daughter-in-law, Anita. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Friends of the sea otter, www.seaotters.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 20, 2015
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