Joann E. Montgomery

July 15, 1938November 12, 2020

Joann Montgomery’s Life Story

Joann Montgomery was born July 15, 1938 in McCook, Nebraska. She made her transition peacefully on November 12, 2020 .

Those who helped welcome her to heaven include her parents, second husband, one brother, one son, and two daughters along with a host of other family members. Survived by those who will miss her dearly including her longtime companion Al, two siblings and her other children, grand, great grand and great great grandchilden. As well many nieces, nephews, and longtime family friends.

Moved to Denver, CO in 1941 at age of 3, with parents Gerald Shorey and Agnes Shorey and 3 siblings. Moved to Lakewood, CO in 1946 when parents purchased a home on a large lot. She worked part time in HI school at the Chicken Inn on W Colfax as a carhop Attended Lakewood Public Schools where she was active as a cheerleader in 8th grade, was on the drill team as a senior, and sang at school assemblies and was in many school plays. She graduated in June 1956.

Married Gerald "Gary" Bramwell on February 28, 1957. They had 3 children, Kimileen Gae, Liane Rae, and Jeffrey G. After several other posts, when Gary was in the service, they lived in San Francisco - stationed at Presidio Army Base. Returned to Denver for a couple of years, then to Culbertson NE for a year or so until returning to Colorado when he got the job on the Denver Fire Dept. During their marriage they enjoyed camping, square dancing and spending time with extended family. Divorced in 1966

She met and married Everett "Monty" Montgomery. He was a single father with 5 children, Kathy, Jeff, Alan, Michael, and Janet. Joann moved to Aurora, CO with her 3 children and proudly became MOM to 8 children. Monty also had 3 children from a previous marriage who lived in Illinois that became part of the family, Gail, Gary and Sue Ann. They were both very active; Monty as a Scoutmaster with Boy Scouts, Joann as co leader with Camp Fire Girls; as well as just keeping up with raising 8 children! Joann had to learn to cook big meals, would often sing during ironing (Marty Robbins song Big Iron), enjoyed many sewing projects including making quilts with her mom and taught us all many life lessons including working hard, patience, listening, following the rules, being responsible and the importance of helping others.

The family of 10 did a lot of camping with Grandma and Grandad Shorey, mostly in the mountains of Colorado. They traveled to Wisconsin almost every summer to visit Monty's kin on the farm, that they all enjoyed. She referred to her family fondly as “The Montgomery Mob” and would often sign cards this way.

The children had daily chores, collected newspapers to recycle, worked at the body shop for extra money and assisted at home. They learned to work together and play together for the good of all. Joann worked for Arapahoe County in licensing department in Aurora from Jan 1985-May 1997. Monty passed away on May 12, 1999

Joann started square dancing lessons and became acquainted with a neighbor, Al Wright, who was dancing also. They started dancing and traveling together, and became life partners. They traveled to Georgia, Tennessee and Maine to visit both sets of relatives as well as many sightseeing adventures. They also discovered that they had a common interest in coin collecting. They have been together for 17 years and have been a blessing for each other. The family is appreciative of Al being there with Joann during her final illness; giving her loving care, sense of humor and understanding.

Even though we will miss her so much we are so grateful for the times, memories and love that we were blessed to share with her and will look forward to the reunion still to come . . . .

If you would like to make a donation instead of sending flowers, please consider The Denver Hospice (as they took such good care of Mom since April) or National Geographic Society (one of Mom’s favorite places to support).


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • committal Service

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

  • Reception

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Sarah Shorey

November 21, 2020

As a child I remember my Dad, Dale Shorey(nephew), taking me and my Brother Evan to go play with all the trains at Joanne and Monty's and looking at all the porcelain dolls and other collections. They were always so welcoming. My brother had a collection of trains and I a collection of dolls and stuffed animals that I still will not let my parents get rid of now that I have grown.

Candi & Troy Hilton

November 21, 2020

You will be missed! Much love!
Candi and Troy

Heather Griffin

November 21, 2020

JoAnn was such an amazing woman. We met her when my son an I were invited to the family reunion with Mike and Linda. She welcomed us with open arms and made is fell right at home. Every time we saw her she was always truly interested in what had been going on in our lives since the last time we saw her. My son always referd to her as Grandma Jo and even though we weren't family by blood she welcomed us into her family as if we were. She will be missed very much!

Patti Van Handel (Shorey)

November 21, 2020

This beautiful woman always seemed to have room for "1 more" at her table. Family gatherings were more like community events. She gave the biggest hugs. I remember taking my girls to Denver, and Aunt Joann spending half of her evening making Icees for them because she had a little machine and every time they said one more, she made 1 more. Her giving heart will be forever missed. Till we meet again, Aunt Joann, give those who have gone before a hug for me. We will all be together again someday.

Julie Hahnemann

November 21, 2020

I will always remember Aunt Joann as the most welcoming person I know. Everyone was family and no one was ever made to feel unwelcome or unloved. There was always room for one more.

I also have always looked forward to receiving cards and letters with her absolutely beautiful handwriting-truly a work of art.

Such a beloved lady, one I already miss and look forward to seeing again one day. May she rest now. Well done-God’s good and faithful servant. ❤️🙏

Carla Davis

November 21, 2020

Given that Aunt Joann is my Mother's younger sister, I've never known life without her loving smile and hugs! As a child we spent so much time together with Grandma and Grandpa, their 4 "children" and all of our families - that's a ton of people, for sure! Aunt Joann was always in the middle of whatever was happening, participating fully, living her (mostly) happy life!
In the last several years I've especially enjoyed our visits when I was on the way to or from the airport (I'm an out-of-towner), with just my Mom and Aunt Joann. I will always treasure her big heart and all that she's shared with me. I'm so grateful that's she's now in peace.
Love you forever, Aunt Joann! ❤

Shirley Shorey

November 20, 2020

It was always the story, she was adopted. Ha ha. We are so sad not to be there. A big hole is left in the family. Sending lots of love, Uncle Wayne, Aunt Shirley and family

Terri Kurtz

November 20, 2020

She always treated us like her grandchildren.. I remember going to doll shows with her growing up.. tell we see each other again.. love you grandma m...😘😘😘😘🥰🥰🥰🥰

Larry Fries

November 20, 2020

One of my favorite memories was when I was still a kid, pre- teenager and we lived on the farm and the Shorey clan would come to visit. I don’t remember where everyone slept because we had what at the time seemed like a big house. but in reality it was really small, I’m guessing less than 800 sq. ft., but when they came back we always played softball in the area in between the barn and the house. We would play Annie Annie over, hide and seek etc., then have SUPPER, not dinner but SUPPER then we’d make homemade ice cream which we all took our turn turning the crank, but I never liked homemade ice cream , so mom would always have store bought ice cream for me
Joann will be sorely missed but she’s on the other side now will all the others who have passed on, and she’s probably trying to assemble enough people for another softball game.

April(pill) Lynn (Gauthier) Casella

November 20, 2020

My Grandmother was the most hardworking, strong willed, organized, creative, (and a little bossy if you will, but some one had to do it)💖woman I knew. I cherished the visits both to Colorado, and her coming to Maine, for graduations babies, the ocean birthdays. I remember the zoo and the motor home, The beautiful day with my twin daughters on the mountain property, shopping the thrift stores. My greatest regret was that we lived so far away to enjoy more time together. I always loved going home to Colorado to look at the dolls and the elephants and of course her amazing photo albums ,that captured her beautiful and ever growing family. The details always written in her gorgeous cursive hand writing. Every time I was home with my momma visiting she made sure I had hamburger soup and beef and noodles.She never forgot birthdays or holidays and always thought of amazing ways to celebrate YOU as a special and unique individual She loved her family with all her heart. She lost far to many loved ones before her time, but it only made her love harder. She was an amazing women who raised a truly loving, caring, and supportive family. My mother was who she was because of her and in turn I was given that love through my mother. I am proud to be her granddaughter. Miss you embrace the peace and love that is waiting for you and say hi to my momma love April Lynn 💖


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