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Rita Therese Montgomery

July 23, 1926March 23, 2021
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Rita Therese Montgomery, 94, of Dallas, TX, passed away on March 23, 2021. She was born on July 23, 1926 in Worcester, MA. Rita graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Worcester, and then received a BS in Nursing from American University in Washington D.C. She married the love of her life, Robert Montgomery on June 23, 1951.

Rita worked as a nurse is several doctor’s offices and hospitals across the US. As Robert’s military career took them to many cities, Rita loved traveling in the US and internationally. Rita was a long-time member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where she loved to volunteer whenever help was needed. Also at the church she was a member of the Altar Society, and she made baptismal garments for the babies. She loved to paint, sew and knit. Rita had a passion for animals, and loved her Boxers and other dogs as her children.

Rita is survived by her husband of 69 years, Robert Montgomery; niece, Carolyn Terrien; niece, Joan Miller; nephew, Joseph Miller; nephew, Paul Ryan and wife Colleen; along with the rest of the Ryan family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Michilana Borowik Miller and Joseph Miller; sisters, Sophie Pruszynski and Helen Kowalski; and brothers, Joseph Miller and Victor Miller.

A visitation will be at Sparkman-Crane on Monday, March 29 at 6:30pm, followed by a rosary at 7:30pm. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 30 at 2:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas. Rita will be laid to rest on Tuesday, April 6 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery at 2:15pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Semper-Fi Fund.org or to St. Thomas Aquinas in Rita’s name.

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  • Greg Michael Ryan
  • Matt Victor Ryan
  • Ray Joseph Ryan

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Rosary

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

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Joan Stelloh Henry

March 24, 2021

Rita was one of my mother’s (Naomi Stelloh’s) best friends. Rita was always a “gal-on-the-go” & often stopped by mom’s house on Lange Circle for a quick visit. Mom & Rita were both dog lovers. Rita usually had a bag of her homemade dog cookies that she would personally hand out to “the gang” (ie. mom’s dog, my brother’s dog & my dog). Rita was a gifted painter & her annual hand-painted Christmas cards were exquisite Christ-centered creations. For every church fundraiser you can bet Rita made a generous contribution of painted and/or sewn items that were always crowd-pleasers. Mom said Rita was like the “energizer bunny”..”always doing something.” Of course we know that reincarnation is a false teaching, but even knowing that, we would joke & say that if you were reincarnated you would want to “come back” as one of Rita Montgomery’s dogs. Smile. She loved her dogs ...and all dogs. I’ll never forget the story she told about a time that she & Bob lived on base in San Antone. It’s not a dog story but it’s “pure Rita”. All the houses down the block were having a terrible time with raccoons making a mess of their garbage cans. Everyone except for Rita, that is. When her neighbors finally asked her what her “secret” was ( why her trash was never scattered) she told them. Every night she made peanut butter & jelly sandwiches & put them on the very top. The raccoons would take their sandwiches & then go on to see what they could find in the next can. Only Rita. I heard a teaching about heaven on my way home from working with the kids tonight. Talking about death he said, “Remember when you were little & you fell asleep in the living room & your daddy picked you up & carried you to your bed & put your pajamas on you? The next morning you woke up..in your own room.!” He suspected that’s how it it’ll be. We will wake up in a place that is our “really-truly” home. It’s nice to think of mom & Rita getting to visit once more. Thank You, precious Jesus!

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