Tupelo-One of the great Christian soldiers of our times, Miss Helen Montgomery, peacefully transformed from this life to the life eternal, from her residence at the Gregory Green House at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. She was 5 days away from her 96th birthday. Miss Helen, as she was respectfully and humbly known among hundreds of friends, had spent over 65 years as a missionary doing the Lord’s work amongst his people. Miss Helen was a member of a Non-denominational Church. She literally spent a lifetime doing for others in the spirit of the Great Commission-“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Miss Helen’s faith was always alive, active and encouraging. Born May 12, 1922 in the Union Community of Lee County south of Plantersville to Clifford Montgomery and Emma Lou Pettigrew Montgomery, she grew up there in a Christian environment. She and her siblings were raised primarily by their Mother off the produce of the land since their father died when they were all young. Helen graduated from Nettleton High School in l940. Her life work took her all over the United States but in her golden years, she returned to Tupelo and lived the last years of her life in the watch-care of the Traceway Manor community. She respected her caregivers and fellow residents and would make it a point to visit everyone in her “house” at least once a day. Miss Helen never met a stranger, was always smiling and was dogged and determined in her Christian faith. She will be sorely missed. A special “thank you” from the family goes to the caregivers at The Gregory House and Sanctuary Hospice Home Care.
A service celebrating her long life will be held at 11 AM Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Mr. Charles Vaughn and Mr Randy Satterfield speaking. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 9 AM-service time on Friday only at Holland-Tupelo Chapel which is honored to be serving their neighbors.
Miss Helen was the last member of her biological siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Joe Montgomery (Mama Lou Moore Montgomery), Miss Exie Montgomery, Ms. Frances Oliver (Charles Oliver), Miss Clifford Montgomery and 2 nephews and one niece. Surviving her are her Christian sister, Lucy Brooks of Duluth, Ga. and her nieces and nephews and their families: Joe Montgomery of Austin, TX, Judy Temple (Merle) of Saltillo, Johnny Oliver (Cheri) of Suwanee, GA. and Jan Garner (George) of Randolph, MS. and her Church family from around the Country.
Pallbearers will be Bob Westbrook, Randall Burchard, Dan Garner, Terry Russell, Brian Briggs, Chris King and Ritchie Little.
The service may be viewed via www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming at 11 AM Friday and for 60 days thereafter. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Senior Services Sunday Fund, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS. 38801. `
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Helen was a very special feeder of the gospel. Loved to include the children . And they would sit in the front row as they loved her. She spent many times in our home in Rockford,IL. And a helper in many ways. A very sweet special lady.
Submitted by Evie Quick Halfacre on May 9 2018 11:05:51 AM
Helen was a special lady. I remember one time when she and Ruth Ann were
together in Kentucky. She invited me and some of my cousins to spend a few days with them in their batch. We all had a nice time. Even though I was only 8 plus years old I will never forget it. She always tried to help everyone she met.
Submitted by Patricia Brannock on May 9 2018 09:07:04 AM
Dear Helen: you taught me a couple things about cayenne pepper that day at Mt. Sterling; or Seneca? Always loved to hear you from the platform; your sweet southern voice. Glad you are really Home Now!
Submitted by Larna Keane on May 9 2018 08:12:45 AM
Remembering Miss Helen with Love and gratitude. Thinking of the many who she helped and encouraged in her lifetime and the memories that will inspire all through years to come. Heaven is rejoicing.
Submitted by Bob and Lillian Steward on May 9 2018 07:41:11 AM
I met Helen and her siblings forty years ago m/l, and have appreciated her cheerfulness all along the way. She encouraged everyone at one of our conventions to go on, go on, go on! She was a special lady. Betty White Morris
Submitted by Betty Morris on May 8 2018 07:21:13 PM
Helen was so very special. I think back on the many years I have known her, and she was always just the same. A true pillar. First knew her when I was a teen age girl, then in Colorado when I was a young mother and wife and expecting our son. She was in our field for that! Then later in IL when I was a young widow with 2 children and she came to our home so often. Many happy memories. Dee Quick
Submitted by Dee Quick on May 8 2018 01:12:50 PM
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