West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Myrtle Montgomery
Myrtle Montgomery

Myrtle Ina (Coke) Montgomery was born the daughter of  Sylvester O’Dell Coke and Maude Elizabeth (Craig) Coke on January 28, 1917 in Cross County, Arkansas and departed this life December 28, 2012 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas at the age of 95 years.

She was united in marriage July 8, 1939 in Earl, Arkansas to Claude David Montgomery, who preceded her in death on January 25, 1987.

She is survived by four children, David Montgomery and wife, Charlotte of Thayer, Missouri, Delia Ann Jones and husband, Jim of Thayer, Missouri, Marie Shepherd-Gilliland of Hickory Flat, Mississippi and Ruby Vanderford and husband, Gary of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren; thirty eight great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Alice Wilson of Clarksville, Tennessee; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vess and Maude Coke; her husband, Claude Montgomery; one son, Woodrow “Bill” Montgomery; one son-in-law, John Gilliland; three grandchildren; three great grandchildren; five sisters, Jennie Stez, Bessie Douglas, Ruby Goodwin, Polly Head, and Nancy Smith and three brothers, Woodrow, O’Dell, and Curtis Coke.

Mrs. Montgomery was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses of the Thayer Congregation and was dedicated to her Christian Ministry.

She was a devoted homemaker, a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and sister.  She will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services for Mrs. Montgomery will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Dee Jackson officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the funeral home chapel at Thayer.

Burial will be in the Cogbill Cemetery at Wynne, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Ann Cole
    January 1, 2013 @ 10:57 am

    Beautiful photo of Myrtle in happier times. She never lost her innocence, she saw the best in everyone. What a peaceful way to live your life. She willl be missed, but not forgotten.


  2. Nan Signorelli
    January 4, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    I know she was just as sweet as she always was and she had a very peaceful presence around her. Perfect memories of her as a person who believed in live and let live.
    Enclosing to my cuzzin’s, I know with her strength to go on as long as she did, you all have that in you. Hope we all can meet in 2013.
    Carry on and keep smiling. Don’t have to say that, you will!
    Blessings and love at this time around you all
    love, Nan


  3. Marie Shepherd Montgomery, Shepherd-Gilliland
    January 6, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    We will always love and miss you Mama….you gave us the best gift any parent could pass on to a child….a love for Jehovah and faith in His promise of life without end in a Paradise earth. We anxiously await the time when He will call your name and you will answer to be united with your family….until then rest in peace my sweet mother…we love you so very much.


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