Obituary and Condolences

Shirley Martin Montgomery

June 10, 1930 December 6, 2017
Shirley Martin  Montgomery
There are condolences waiting approval on Shirley's Tribute wall
Obituary for Shirley Martin Montgomery

Shirley Martin Montgomery, 87, loving wife of John and mother of John Jr. and Robert passed peacefully at home Wednesday, December 6th with her sons by her side. She was born June 10, 1930 in Joplin, Missouri and was the daughter of Howard and Halce Martin. She graduated from Joplin High School and was a cadet colonel in R.O.T.C. and played flute in the band. While attending the University of Missouri she was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, Shirley taught in elementary school and often spoke of the year she had 57 first graders.

In her last weeks, she asked if she must list the many things she had done in her life or if it could just be stated that she loved her family and had wonderful friends…

For over four decades Shirley hosted hundreds of functions for the Department of Oral Surgery and the University of Iowa Dental School. She was active with P.E.O., Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni and was a PTA President. Her passions were her family and friends in which she took special pride in entertaining. Shirley had the gift of making others feel welcome and comfortable. She also found time to express her artistic side by making handmade Christmas cards for 64 years. Shirley relaxed by either reading, planting flowers in her patio, and working on her many craft projects. She enjoyed vacationing with family and going on the annual fishing trips.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband and high school sweetheart of 62 years, Dr. John C. Montgomery. She is survived by son John (Tammy), son Robert (grandson Justin), sister-in-law, Mary Lou Blair, nephew, Dr. Brook Blair (Helen and grandniece, Nora Lou).

Visitation will be held at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City on Tuesday, December 19th between 4:00pm -7:00pm.

A private burial will be held in Joplin, Missouri on January 5, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The University of Iowa Foundation, College of Dentistry Achievement Fund, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Shirley Martin Montgomery, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events





4:00 PM 12/19/2017 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/19/2017 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Create new album
1 File
Tribute Video
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Shirley Martin  Montgomery

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Shirley

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.