Jeanne E. Montgomery

November 30, 2018


Jeanne Elizabeth Emmett Montgomery, age 69, of Orem, Utah, died peacefully at home the afternoon of Monday, 26 November, 2018. She was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland on 18 July, 1969 to Virginia Elizabeth Robertson and Wilfred Sherman Emmett. A large part of her early years was passed in South Africa while her father was an Army Attaché. After her parents divorced, she lived in Rockville, Maryland with her step-father Earl D. Watterson and step-brother David. Jeanne attended primary and secondary schools in Rockville, graduating in 1967 from Richard Montgomery high school. For two years she took classes at Rockville Junior College. She then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she studied English literature and applied art (ceramics, painting and sketching). There she met and married Randy Morrison (1969). To them was born a son Eli Mitchell Morrison (1972). They lived in Provo, Denver and Chicago while Randy worked as a radio announcer. In 1975 following a divorce Jeanne returned to her studies at BYU where she met a divorced young BYU professor, David C. Montgomery, whom she married in 1976. He brought two sons to the marriage: Christopher (1964) and Steven (1969). Jeanne and David bought a house in south Orem and added four sons to the “tribe”: Emmett (1978), Carl (1980), Jesse (1983) and Erik (1986). Jeanne lovingly devoted her life to the family and was proud of the diverse accomplishments of all the sons she birthed and mothered. Her husband David had several travel opportunities, most notable was a six month residence (1977 -1978) in Soviet Uzbekistan 2,000 miles southeast of Moscow along the Afghanistan frontier, where the majority population were the Eurasian Uzbeks, who spoke a Turkic language and were Muslim in religion. Much to Jeanne’s surprise she soon found that she was pregnant. This condition endeared her to the Uzbeks who favored large families and soon adopted her in a way, in fact, widely opening hospitality doors. In time Jeanne became known as the “pregnant American woman” who, by the way, has a professor husband. Jeanne was a woman of great intelligence and modesty. She demonstrated great skill in ceramics and sketching. Her artful pots grace the homes of family and friends. She had an abiding interest in astronomy and paleoanthropology. The arrival of issues of Scientific American and National Geographic were high points of each month. Similar programs on cable television were great attractions to her. To balance her reading and viewing menu, the works of Jane Austin held a special place in her heart and mind.

Jeanne was a convert at age 16 to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her conversion was a strong and solitary effort. Her conversion was first by the Spirit and later by gradually increasing knowledge. Her favorite Church callings were working with the Young Women’s organization. A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, 1 December, at the Sharon Stake house (550 South 800 East, Orem). A meeting and greeting period will be held from 11:00 am to noon. There will no burial. Jeanne desired to be cremated and have her ashes scattered in the ocean waters where the dolphins swim and play.

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