Frances K Montgomery

April 6, 1940June 11, 2018
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Frances K. Montgomery April. 06, 1940 - June. 11, 2018

If you’re about to throw away a pair of shoes, stop right there, Consider: Frances K. Montgomery (you might have known her as the lady in dazzle and bling).

Frances K. Montgomery, age 78, of Strawberry, Arizona passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018. She was born to the late Russell Roy Horn and Virginia Eileen Brown Horn on April 06, 1940.

Frances is predeceased by her parents, her sister Phyllis Pankhurst, her two brothers Richard Horn and Harry Horn, her grandson Stephen J. White, her daughter Donna Kay Montgomery, and her beloved late husband Joseph W. Montgomery.

Frances worked as a United States postal contractor for 30 years,

Her hobbies, well every woman’s dream, the love of shopping. We would call her a personal fashionista picking up fantastic finds. Her wardrobe and shoes took up a whole wall confronted by stalls and racks of clothing with a bulging mass of chiffon, silk and conservative suits. Don’t stop there the more dazzling the better as she wore jewelry with every outfit from pearls and diamonds to the best of costume fashion that complimented every garment. Wait, we can’t stop at the clothing department. Her eyeglasses were just as fashionable, a dazzling fun accessory that she rocked with her sophisticated glittery rhinestone’s that always caught a great conversation.

Frances is survived by her three daughters Debra k. Montgomery, Diana M. Wacker and Joann W. Montgomery, her sisters Patricia Laroe of Urbana Illinois, Carolyn Jones, of Philo, Illinois and Pamela Diorio of Champaign, Illinois along with Nieces and Nephews , 10 grandchildren Timothy West, Barry West, Stephanie Johnson, Amberly Moskop, Joseph Collmeyer, Rachel Cotner , Benjamin Wacker, Larry Giblin, Nathan Giblin and their families along with 17 great-grandchildren


  • Randal D Wacker
  • Timothy W. West
  • Barry "BW" West
  • Michael McManus
  • Kiley Gillies


  • Visitation Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 18, 2018
  • Committal Monday, June 18, 2018

Frances K Montgomery

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Teresa Sgambelloni

July 18, 2018

I didn’t have the pleasure to know mom (Fran) long, but when I first met her she touched my heart dearly, dearest Fran has passed, and we are all sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Fran was a fabulous lady a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love and literacy to all she knew. "She’s a fighter. There is no set protocol to mourn our loss," we admired and loved her wit and honesty and her legacy will undoubtedly be her impact.
My lists of her memories are quite elaborate to list. I know a memory I will hold onto is her hugs; she would greet with a hug and never leave without an enormous hug to follow.
I will definitely hold that memory of her close to my heart; she is a beautiful lady who touched the lives of so many.
Gone but never forgotten, her soul will live on forever, she will continue to shine and resonate within those of us who were fortunate to be in her life! She's an enforcer; we’ll draw the circle in a little tighter and deal with the often complicated map of her loss. I will always wear my best shoes for you mom!
I hope this passage of time will help ease the sadness and leave this family with happy memories. In the meantime, I am sending healing thoughts and support your way.
I love this lady and will miss her dearly,

Debra Montgomery

July 17, 2018

D Montgomery

July 17, 2018


July 3, 2018

I lost my best friend my mom to a long, but courageous fight of excruciating pain. Robbing her gradually of every dinner or lunch outing or pleasurable fun activity, every bit of her independence, before it stopped toying with her and allowed her to go and rest in peace. Watching her journey was oh so-inspiring as I had always admired her and witnessed her strength on a completely different level.
Even in the most difficult times. Mom dedicated her life to caring and providing for her girls both physically and emotionally. She always seemed to know how to help overcome problems and thrive in spite of them. Moms love is irreplaceable, which makes losing her an incredibly painful experience.
Mom was a true definition of a wonderful friend to everyone she met, making sure there was always a hug to follow when she met you. She was genuine and loved you for the person you really were. And when it comes to the people in the world most deserving of hugs, mom always came in first place.
There is one word that encompasses mom, DAZZLING.
Let me fill you in with a list of some insight on mom... she is a woman that loves to accessorize with her huge assorted fashions of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, the vast yet selection of women’s clothing and shoes , and those daily eye wear which always promoted a great conversation.
The next step into my mom’s bedazzles, her hair. She might have had some particular crazy mornings but never ever a week would go by that her hair was never professionally done. She had her traditional short style for easy care.
I can’t stop there, her nails. Those acrylics were always stylish, she had incredible miraculous beautiful hands.
I will miss you mom, all those talks we had and secrets behind them. Calling you on the phone to hear, (Hello Debra)with your soft voice. Rest in Peace and I will see you again. I Love you

Sandy McKinney

June 21, 2018

I only knew Fran a short while, but we quickly bonded - she was like that! I loved her sense of humor, her clever wit, and how kind and thoughtful she was... you knew she was suffering in pain, but she kept going, always willing to stop at a store, and shop for just a little bit-which could turn into a little bit more! Just thinking of my time with Fran, makes me smile and feel warm inside - and that is a wonderful legacy! My deepest condolences to her family and all of us who loved her! She is now pain free, and will remain in our hearts forever!

Joelle and Al Vancel

June 19, 2018

What a surprise! I just talked to her a couple weeks ago and she was laughing and didn't say anything about being sick. She told me that she still wanted to go to Ireland. We always appreciate her work delivering the mail and really missed her when she stopped.
We are very sorry for your lost and she will be miss by many.

Deepest Sympathy

Al and Joelle Vancel
Strawberry, Az.

Val and Kat Mejia

June 16, 2018

We are so greatful for the time spent with Mom just recently. We talked and shared memories. Talked about the horses. She was full of love and compassion and loved Christmas. We will miss her so much. We were truly Blessed to have her in our lives.

Kimmie Culbertson

June 14, 2018

Words by themselves will never paint the picture of how loved and respected Fran (mom) was. I had the pleasure of being apart of the family for 25 years and the memories are endless. Fran is finally pain free and resting again with her beloved husband and visiting with her family in God's house.