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Phyllis Montgomery

Phyllis N. Montgomery, 95 years old, passed away December 26, 2020. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Due to the pandemic, there will only be a private graveside service. Mrs. Montgomery was born to Herman and Marian (Townsend) Fuller on January 1, 1925. Mrs. Montgomery lived most of her life in Plainwell and graduated from Plainwell High School. She married Lawrence N. Montgomery on August 7, 1943. She was a wartime bride. Their first child, Neil, was born when Larry was oversees in Germany during WWII. Five years after Neil was born their daughter, Pam, arrived. After the war, Larry and Phyllis settled down in Plainwell. Phyllis was a cook at Gilkey Elementary School for several years, worked in the office of Murray Meat Packing, and then worked and later retired from Western Michigan University. Preceded in death were her parents, husband Larry, her two brothers Herman (Skeet) and Michael and her three sisters Katie, Judy, and Rosalie. The Fuller family were very involved in the family’s activities. You could always see most of them at ball games, band concerts and any activity that a family member was involved with. With 17 nieces and nephews you can imagine they were always busy. In 2008, after Larry’s death, Phyllis came to live with her daughter Pam and son-in-law Mike Markillie in Eatonton, GA. Attending family activities, the Fuller family tradition continued in Georgia. Phyllis had five great grandchildren in Georgia, and all were involved with school sports. Phyllis never missed a ball game. Some tournaments started at 7:00 am and the last game would begin at 10:00 pm. She would be there watching every minute. On one occasion, the temperature was expected to reach 100 degrees, so she was talked into staying home. She pouted for a week. She was not left behind after that. If she was not at one of her great grandchildren’s games, she was watching her favorite basketball team ---the Duke Blue Devils. Phyllis had a sweet personality. She was never one to complain. She was a true blessing to family and friends. She was at peace when GOD’s angles came to escort her to HIM and to be joined again with her husband Larry. However, she will be greatly missed here on earth. Phyllis leaves behind a son Neil, a daughter Pam, six grand children and ten great grandchildren and many friends and family. While at www.mccowensecord.com please take time to sign Phyllis’ guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation or Towers to Towers Foundation. The Montgomery family is being cared for by the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home, Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 South Woodhams, Plainwell, MI 49080 (269) 685-5881.

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My sympathies to your family. Herb Ayres

Herb Ayres Jan 13 2021 7:15 PM

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SHERYL BLACK Jan 2 2021 10:56 AM

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McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Dec 31 2020 4:18 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, but know she has gone home. Sending sympathy and prayers. Don and Nancy Colegrove

Nancy S Colegrove Dec 30 2020 8:13 PM

I use to work at the funeral home and I remember Phyllis fondly when her husband died back in 2008. The story of how they met was amazing and she and Larry had a wonderful love story.

Joe Buysse Dec 30 2020 4:42 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Phyllis Montgomery

Ginn Alford Smith Dec 29 2020 7:32 PM

Laura & Brian Arehart

BRIAN C AREHART Dec 29 2020 11:52 AM

Phyllis and Larry were great neighbors on Thomas Street. Our condolences to the family.

Bill and Karen Bomar Dec 28 2020 6:08 PM