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Funeral services for Veva Maeola Montgomery, 84, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Montgomery died at 11:45 a.m., Friday, September 14, 2012, at Brooke Haven Health Care.

She was born January 27, 1928, at Rover, Missouri, to Elijah Sanford Trantham and Emma Jane Bay Ledbetter Trantham. She received her education in the Jolliff and Thomasville Schools and on September 27, 1946, was married at West Plains, Missouri, to Hubert Franklin Montgomery, who preceded her in death on June 12, 2011.

Mrs. Montgomery has been an active member of Victoria Mission Church since 1942 and had served as assistant church secretary-treasurer and worship service pianist; she and Hubert were the original members of the Victoria Mission Quartet which performed at many gospel singings, funerals and nursing homes. She, along with her husband, founded the Dale Montgomery Memorial Library in honor of their son. She was actively involved in vacation bible school, crafts, baking and visitation. Mrs. Montgomery worked at the International Shoe Company in her early years and raised six boys. She was a talented crafts maker and seamstress and loved crocheting and making toys for her kids and grandkids, which she treasured. Mrs. Montgomery was known by many for her love of gardening; her and Hubert’s large garden produced fruits, vegetables and nuts for her family, relatives, area restaurants and grocery stores. She also loved refunding and couponing.

She is survived by five children, Jim Montgomery, West Plains; Jack Montgomery and wife, Denise, West Plains; John Montgomery and wife, Karen, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Greg Montgomery and wife, Brandi, West Plains; Mike Montgomery and wife, Kathy, Mountain Home, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Justin Montgomery, Quincy, Illinois; Michael Erixon, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Tiffany Montgomery and Emily Montgomery, Mountain Home, Arkansas; Landon Montgomery and Ryan Montgomery, West Plains; two brothers, Ronnie Trantham and Sanford Trantham and wife, Bernadine, West Plains; brother-in-law, Carl Montgomery and wife, Emmie, Aiken, South Carolina; two sisters-in-law, Irene Trantham and Mable Judd, West Plains; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, one son, Dale Montgomery, three brothers, Richard Trantham, Leo Ledbetter and Woodrow Ledbetter, five sisters, Thelma Lasater and husband Byron, Eva Montgomery and husband Herbert, Elila Redburn and husband Lloyd, Beulah Luna and husband Elbert and Marie Huffman and husband Arless, precede her in death.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Three Rivers Hospice and Brooke Haven Health Care for their care and compassion.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed at robertsondrago.com.

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