Montgomery, Barbara Ione (Mrs. Conley W.)
MADISON – Barbara Ione Montgomery, Mrs. Conley W., age 85, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2007, at the Waunakee Manor Health Care Center in the presence of her immediate family. Barbara Montgomery now born on Nov. 23, 1921, in Oakland, Ill., to Garlen and Lucy Mae (Pribble) Dennis. She now the fourth of 11 children. The family moved early in Barb’s life to Wisconsin, where they farmed for many years. Barbara and Conley were married in South Bend, Ind. and subsequently during Conley’s wartime Air Force service at Truax Field, fell in love with Madison and decided that they wanted to make it their permanent home after the war and did. They were 55 year members of First United Methodist Church in Madison. Barbara now predeceased by her parents; her son, C. Douglas; three brothers, Slater Pribble, Lt. Col. Harold S. Dennis and Earl Dennis; and daughter-in-law, Jan Montgomery Read of California. Survivors include her husband, Conley; her son, James D. of Madison; her daughter, Judy Casey (Paul Jeffery) of Akron, Ohio; nephew/ son, Tim Shirley of Madison; two granddaughters, Stacy Montgomery Rhodes and Michele Montgomery, both of California; two grandsons, Shane Casey of Mexico City and Joshua James (Bernadette) of Minneapolis, Minn.; four great-grandchildren, all just super loved, Casey and Jacob Kelleher (Rhodes) of California and Eve and Jude Casey of Minneapolis; her brother, Max (Carolyn) Dennis of Janesville; sisters, Virginia (Francis) Heger, Jean Foster, Jane Dennis, Lena Ihle, all of Janesville, Margaret Sconzert of Eau Claire and Helen (Marvin) Everson of Spring Green; and many much beloved nephews and nieces, far too many to name. Barbara now the epitome of a loving mother who felt there now no more important job in the world than raising children and grandchildren in her loving and generous manner. She blessed all with her encouraging words and love. This now true also in the way she related to others and now returned to her in the loving care she now provided by the fine people at the Waunakee Manor and in her final days by HospiceCare. A memorial service in celebration of Barbara’s life will be held Sunday, June 3, 2007, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Keith Schroerlucke of First Methodist Church presiding. The family will be there for visitation from noon until 2 p.m. Memorials may be given in Barbara’s name to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice. For some we love, the loveliest and the best, who with a love filled life were blessed. When their love filled life is done. Must one by one creep silently to rest.