Arlene Kay Montgomery, 63, of Loami, IL passed away at 2:12 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.
Arlene was born July 2, 1954 in Springfield, IL, the daughter of Ivan and Claire Mae (Prose) Weber. She married Don Montgomery on June 26, 1976 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Harvel, IL.
Arlene graduated valedictorian from Morrisonville High School in 1972. She worked for Millburg’s Drug Store in Morrisonville, then for the Illinois Secretary of State for five years, before moving to San Diego, CA. While there she was a volunteer ombudsman for the U.S.S. Kinkaid for five years, while Don was serving in the U.S. Navy. At that time, she was also a commercial lines underwriter for Home Federal Credit Union. Upon she and Don’s return to Central Illinois, Arlene began working as a legal secretary in the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Supreme Court Unit, eventually retiring in 2011.
Arlene was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, IL, where she was a member of their contemporary choir. She had a beautiful voice, and was an equally talented seamstress, sewing anything she could. Arlene will be remembered for her “Holiday Haircuts”, and excellent cooking, especially lasagna, enchiladas, and blonde brownies. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Don Montgomery of Loami, IL; sister, Marcia (Wayne) Rosenthal of Morrisonville, IL; father-in-law, Ray (Jean) Montgomery of Morrisonville, IL; brother-in-laws, Bob (Della) Montgomery of Morrisonville, IL, and David (Sarah) of Mound City, MO; sister-in-laws, Judy (David Brady) Hunt of Raymond, IL, and Amy (Dan) Schmedeke of Morrisonville, IL; aunt, Normadine Johnson; uncle, Bill Prose; nieces and nephews, Lexie (Chris) Florence, Kirsten Montgomery, Seneca (Daniel) Spindler, Jason (Cheri) Hunt, Ben (Amy) Montgomery, Sam (Andrea) Montgomery, Tim (Bekka) Montgomery, Dan (Faith) Montgomery, Katy Schmedeke, Nicky Schmedeke, Dustin (Brooke) Rosenthal, Sean (Sarah) Rosenthal, Casey Rosenthal, and Crystal Hatley; and numerous cousins.
Visitation: The family will receive guests from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.
Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville, with Rev. Martin J. Kaufmann officiating.
Interment will follow at Morrisonville Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, 610 N. 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62702.
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