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Sally Douglass Montgomery

December 14, 1920 - December 21, 2020

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Sally Douglass Montgomery died in her home at The Oaks of Louisiana on Monday, December 21, 2020, a week after turning 100. Because of the Covid pandemic, a private graveside service will be held for family members only. A Celebration of Life will be held at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church at a future date. Officiating the service will be Reverend Mimi McDowell, Minister of Congregational Care at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church.

Sally was born in Conway, Arkansas on December 14, 1920, one of four children, of Chester Ernest Douglass and Sallie Pearl Haller. She married James Alexander “Gabe” Montgomery at the age of 17. In 1937 she and her spouse moved to Shreveport and joined Noel Memorial United Methodist Church. While Sally was raising their three children, she was also active in several ministries of the church but especially loved working with children. She participated in Methodist district and conference work and authored several issues of children’s curriculum for the United Methodist Publishing House. Sally has remained a faithful member of Noel church for 80 years.

In 1987, with her husband deceased and her children grown, Sally was ready for something new. At the age of 66, she began taking classes at LSU-S. She had always been interested in history so she took some history classes. Surprising herself, in 1992 and at the age of 71, she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a major in history graduating magna cum laude.

After her graduation, Sally began a career at LSU-S working in the history department, the Noel library and the Noel archives. In 2004, at 86 years old, she retired to spend more time with the family.
Sally also enjoyed traveling. In addition to traveling in the United States, she traveled to New Zealand and the British Isles. She especially enjoyed the latter as both Douglass and Montgomery families came from Scotland and Ireland. This spurred an interest in researching genealogy which was a special passion with her two sisters.

Sally was involved with numerous organizations in the church, LSU-S and the community. She especially enjoyed her involvement on the Library Board in the development of several Shreve Memorial Libraries. She was proud and privileged to serve on the board. Sally was also a beloved member of Chapter M of the P.E.O. sisterhood for 72 years.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gabe Montgomery; three siblings, Virginia Oyer, Betty Reid and Tom Douglass and son, Jim Montgomery. She is survived by son, Robert Gary Montgomery and wife, Heather of Montgomery, Texas; daughter, Virginia “Ginger” Cobb and husband, John of Tyler, Texas; daughter-in-law, Linda Montgomery of Shreveport, Louisiana; five grandchildren, Karen Lynne Jobe and husband, Chris of Gloster, Louisiana, Laura Paige Haese and husband, Scott of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Julie Inga Windley and husband, Patrick of The Woodlands, Texas, Ana Lisa Amos and husband, Geoffrey of The Woodlands, Texas and Seth Douglass Montgomery and wife, Whitney of The Woodlands, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of The Oaks of Louisiana for their loving care given to Mom, Regional Hospice for their help during these last few weeks and Gladys Walker, Brittany Pettis and Regina Anderson for their love, devotion and care of our Mom.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Noel Memorial United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon St., Shreveport, LA 71101.

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