OBITUARY

Carol Montgomery

December 25, 1948November 17, 2020

Carol Montgomery of Lutz, entered into heaven on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at the age of 71 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Kathleen Maas on December 25, 1948. She moved to Homestead, Florida when she was 3 years old. She attended Sacred Heart Catholic School from 1st to 8th grade. She then attended Immaculata Academy for high school. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of South Florida College of Education. She married the love of her life, Nelson Dallas Montgomery Jr on March 29, 1972 in Tampa, Florida. Carol worked as a middle school math teacher at Eisenhower Junior High for 34 years. During this time, she was math department head and awarded Teacher of the Year. Carol was extremely proud of her 2 grandchildren who were the center of her life. She enjoyed her involvement in St Mary’s Catholic Church, P.E.O. and the Lutz Women’s Association.

Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Nelson, and her parents, Fred and Kay Maas.

Carol is survived by her daughter Kathleen Tyson, son-in-law Michael Tyson, grandson Tyler Tyson, granddaughter Hailey Tyson, brother Fred Maas Jr (Tracey), brother Edward Maas (Laurie), sister Kathy Cuthbert (David), brother John Maas (Michele), sister Martha Maas and sister Rose Williams (John), 22 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday, November 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (15520 N Boulevard Tampa, FL 33613). Carol will be buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with her beloved Nelson. In lieu of flowers, please make donations per Carol’s request to St Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tampa.

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John Maas

November 28, 2020

Carol will be missed dearly. She was not only a loving sister, but a best friend. I will miss my weekly talks with her. As a young boy, I visited Carol in the convent in upstate New York. There were cookies put out for the guests, and I loved cookies (and still do). I will never forget stuffing my pockets full of cookies, in case I got hungry later. Although Carol knew what I did, she kept it a secret (until I became an adult; and she told everyone that story). Carol was always upbeat and positive. She cared so much for her family and friends, putting them before herself at all times. Carol was so caring, loving, and supportive. She always offered a shoulder to cry on, and an ear for listening, as she gave sage and compassionate advice. Carol was an amazing sister, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She adored her daughter Kathleen and raised her in her image to be a caring and beautiful individual. She cherished her two beautiful grandchildren Tyler and Hailey, who were the center of her life. Everyone who knew Carol, loved her. Although I will miss her every day, I am at peace knowing that she is in heaven with her loving husband, Nelson, and our parents, who loved and cherished her. One day we will talk again, and I will bring the cookies. Love you, big sister. Your loving little brother.

Shannon Lirio

November 27, 2020

Aunt Carol was a remarkable lady who enriched the lives of everyone who knew her. I will always admire her strength, compassion, and kindness. I will cherish the memories of our visits and conversations. When I was younger, we talked about the teaching profession and how I was doing in school. I followed in her footsteps and became a teacher. Aunt Carol enjoyed hearing about the interests and activities of her nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. At family gatherings, Aunt Carol’s smile and laughter were contagious as she told stories about growing up with her brothers and sisters. What brings me comfort is knowing that Aunt Carol’s legacy lives on in Kathleen, Michael, Tyler, and Hailey’s lives. She was so proud of her family. She is an angel that will continue to be surrounded by God’s love.

Rose Williams

November 25, 2020

This Thanksgiving we are without Carol- a Mother, Grandmother, Godmother, Aunt, Sister and Friend. I am thankful for all the previous years and wonderful memories we've had together.
Her beautiful smile and kind heart were second to none. She was the most caring and genuine person I know, always putting others needs before her own.
Her 71 years were full of life and laughter. She loved God and religion, math and education, sports and adventures, and family and friends. She had the best sense of humor and quick wit and could always find the silver lining in any cloud.
The last week of her life, with little strength left, she took the time and energy to get her coffee pot out of storage to make her baby sister a pot of coffee even though she no longer drank coffee.....that was Carol. Always others first.
Thank you for all the summers you let me spend with you, for letting me live with you and Nelson my four years of college, the trips we took together, but most of all- for the wonderful daughter you brought into this world. I know how proud you are of her and her beautiful family.
We will all miss you terribly Carol. We will cherish the memories you have etched into our hearts. We know you are in Heaven with our Lord, Nelson, Mom, Dad, and the rest of our family and friends that have gone before us. We know you will continue to protect us and guide us, just as you did when you were on Earth.
Love you Always and Forever,

Rose, John, Jordan and Johnny

Ted Lulkin

November 24, 2020

Some of my greatest childhood memories were of my amazing, wonderful , caring Aunt Carol. Aunt Carol was always so happy to see me and always gave every ounce of love she could . She always liked to remind me of the time she used a blow drier on my hair when i was a little boy and thought she "Ruined my curls" We always got such a laugh out of this , but I also thought how amazing and caring she was to be so concerned. Any visit to Aunt Carol and Uncle Nelson's was always, and i mean ALWAYS a memorable and fun one. The love she showed was passed onto my own children. Aunt Carol, we love you so much and are content in knowing you have found your peace. You will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Annette Bellingar

November 24, 2020

Carol joined the GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club in October of 2016. Immediately she was a total joy to have in our group. Her smile was always radiant and she was friendly with everyone and especially welcomed new members. Carol was willing to help out wherever she could but particularly enjoyed the Education community service program where she worked with others to help children with the most need. She joined in the activities at local elementary schools and helped provide Christmas gifts to needy families in order to make the festive season happier for them. I have admired Carol's strength and courage over the past year and miss her very much. She was a true asset and ambassador to our club.

JOAN MOORE

November 23, 2020

It is rare that from the moment you meet someone, you feel they will be your friend. When I attended my first meeting of the Lutz-Land O Lakes Woman's Club, I sat next to Carol. Her warmth and kindness made such an impression on me! I was heartbroken to hear of her diagnosis. She was so courageous and optimistic. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to talk to her and exchange cards, each time trying to express to her what a special person she was. All of us have lost a wonderful person; all too soon. My condolences and prayers go out to her entire family that loved her so much. Carol, you'll be forever in our hearts.

Lucy Albury

November 23, 2020

Carol was a member of the GFWC Lutz -LandO Lakes Woman's Club and we worked together under the Education CSP. During Christmas 2019 we both worked with Lutz Elementary School to provide Christmas gifts for needy children and their family. It was a very rewarding experience, and we will miss Carol and her cheerful attitude on all our projects.

Gail Howard

November 23, 2020

Carol and I worked together As the Lutz-Land O Lakes Woman’s Club liaison for Lutz Elementary School and she was always a great teammate. Carol truly cared for others and worked hard to make sure that we did everything we could to help the children at the school. We always had fun working at their fall festival, providing school supplies and Christmas gifts for needy students. She always had a smile on her face and was happy to help others. I always enjoyed my time with Carol and our chats about family and life. I will miss you Carol. God bless you. Gail

Marcy Edmondson

November 22, 2020

Carol and I served together on the Education CSP of the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club. Carol was always willing to go the extra mile to serve the students in the elementary schools we sponsored, even during her illness when she asked me to stop by and pick up her donation to help with school supplies. I will always remember her bright smile -- miss you, Carol!

Donna Losch

November 22, 2020

I met Carol at our Woman's Club and enjoyed visiting with her at our monthly meetings and activities. Her smile and friendliness will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.
Donna Losch

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