April 30, 2009

(7/9/1915 – 4/21/2009)

Lucille Montgomery, 93, of Memphis, died Tuesday April 21, 2009, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of Noah E. and Mamie Cora (Saulsbury) Montgomery on July 9, 1915 in Glenwood, Missouri.

The family moved from Schuyler County to Scotland County, near Memphis, in 1923, where they farmed in the Oak Ridge Community. In March 1938, they moved to the city of Memphis. She attended the Memphis school and graduated from Memphis High School with the class of 1932.

In the fall of 1938, she was employed at the Swanks Café as a waitress. In September of 1941, she moved to Tucson, AZ, where she was employed by Dr. P.P. Yoke and family as a mother’s helper. She returned to Memphis in March of 1943. In June of 1943, Lucille was employed by Dr. C.M. Browning, where she worked for the next 32 years and nine months, until Dr. Browning’s health failed and he retired.

Lucille went to work at the Scotland County Public Library (now Scotland County Memorial Library) on April 1, 1975, until she retired in November 1990.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Memphis.

Lucille joined the Memphis Rebekah Lodge on June 26, 1959 and was a member until it closed. She transferred her membership to the Jurisdiction of Missouri and it remains there today.

She was also a member of the Memphis Professional Women’s Club until it closed and the Memphis Study Club. She was active in all these organizations and served most of the offices in these as long as her health permitted.

Lucille was blessed in her life to have met and been associated with many wonderful people, and made many treasured friends among them. She was an avid reader and loved cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers – one in infancy and Robert, in 1997.

She is survived by her sister Audrey Drummond; a niece, Karla Rainey and family; nephew Kelly Drummond and family; a sister-in-law, Martha Montgomery; nephews Michael Montgomery and family, Steve Montgomery, and James Montgomery and family; several cousins; many valued friendships and other relatives.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis. Jack Sumption, pastor of the Memphis First Christian Church, officiated. Joel Kapfer, Lloyd Erickson, Warren Miller, David McRobert, Kenny Monroe, and Terry Fincher served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Scotland Co. Nutrition Site or to the Scotland County Memorial Library and may be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to Miss Montgomery’s family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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