Evelyn Montgomery closed a long, rich life with a blissful countenance on Sunday morning, September 9th, in the presence of her children, Susan and Chris. Her home for the past four years had been at Santa Marta Retirement Community where she left many dear friends. Before that time, she resided for 50 years at 4401 W. 64th Street, Shawnee Mission, with her dear husband Monty.
Evelyn was a deacon at Village Presbyterian Church and was active in the building years of that great congregation. After her children left home for college, she became a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and her favorite tour was in the renowned Chinese Exhibit. She had lifelong interests in reading, art, and gardening. In addition she played in two bridge clubs with a wonderful circle of friends.
She enjoyed playing tennis and was a scrappy competitor into her seventies until arthritis in her shoulders forced her into "early" retirement. She also liked convertibles and zipped around in several different models over the years. She made the drive to and from the family cabin at Lake of the Ozarks with her convertible full of kids and the top down on many a weekend in the 60's and 70's.
Born in 1921, Evelyn spent her childhood with her older sister Jean in Rimersburg, Pennsylvania, where their parents were pillars of the community. Evelyn graduated from Penn State in 1943 with a degree in Dietetics. Before her marriage to Monty in 1945, she worked as a dietician in the Generals' Dining Room at the Pentagon and later as a district dietician for the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Evelyn and Monty traveled extensively, including trips to the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Far East, Mexico and Central America. Their travel adventures with their friends have enriched family memories. Theirs was a 63-year partnership of deep love, shared responsibilities, and love of life, family, and friends.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband Monty in October, 2008. She leaves behind her daughter Susan Moody and her husband Steve of Loveland, CO; her son Chris Montgomery; and two grandsons, Brian Taylor of Loveland, CO, and Jason Taylor of Vail, CO.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 15, at 2 PM at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Memorial contributions may be made to Village Presbyterian Church or to Santa Marta Retirement Community Memory Garden, 13800 W. 116th Street, Olathe, KS 66062.