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In Memory of

Lynette Donley Montgomery

August 11, 1948 - August 5, 2017

Obituary


Lynette Donley Montgomery (Lyn)

After waging a ferocious battle against melanoma, our cherished wife; devoted sister; adorable aunt; forever friend and loving advocate for anything with 4 legs is off on her next great adventure. She passed away August 5th at St. Luke's Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Lyn was born to Ralph and Lucille Donley on August 11, 1948 in Salt Lake City and attended West High School. She worked for Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Garrett Freight Lines (where she met the love of her life), Cottonwood Hospital and Nordstrom Department...

Lynette Donley Montgomery (Lyn)

After waging a ferocious battle against melanoma, our cherished wife; devoted sister; adorable aunt; forever friend and loving advocate for anything with 4 legs is off on her next great adventure. She passed away August 5th at St. Luke's Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Lyn was born to Ralph and Lucille Donley on August 11, 1948 in Salt Lake City and attended West High School. She worked for Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Garrett Freight Lines (where she met the love of her life), Cottonwood Hospital and Nordstrom Department Store. She earned her Associates Degree and was a paralegal for The Office of Utah's Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff. Along the way, she met and cherished many special friends and held them close to her heart.

She married Brent Montgomery on February 25, 1978. During their 39+ years of marriage, they shared many adventures - including riding camels in Morocco. During the period when she was going to be a belly dancing Arab, they took a trip to Turkey so she could study belly dancing. They got lost in downtown Istanbul for about three hours, but somehow she was able to find someone to get them out even though neither of them spoke Turkish and no one spoke any English. Their winter trips to Baja Mexico during the 80s were always filled with adventure and fun. They would travel in the van - just the two of them- without fear even though neither of them spoke Spanish. They would walk the deserted beaches of San Jose del Cabo collecting seashells and enjoying the peace and quiet. They were there before it was the "in" place to be. Lyn loved the desert. They spent many winters and one summer in Death Valley when the temperature was 120 degrees - just perfect for her. She always said "It can never get too hot, just to cold." She loved the changing of the seasons, but winter was NOT her favorite.

Lyn was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She enjoyed being a Visiting Teacher Supervisor. She also attended a Bible study class where she became acquainted with some wonderful people.

She often reminded her sisters that she was the biggest, the oldest and the meanest. She was a very sophisticated (but humble) lady having a taste for a different flair. Her wardrobe spoke volumes about her sense of style and she had a phenomenal collection of jewelry. Halloween was her favorite holiday and orange was her favorite color. Ladies, please paint your toenails orange in tribute to Lyn. It will make her laugh and laugh.

Lyn would have adopted every dog or horse or stray kitten that needed a home so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the animal shelter of your choice.

She wasn't just another pretty face. Her latest "new" thing was learning how to ride a horse (thank you, Clint). She flew a glider over Heber City, loved giant roller coasters, and always loved going to amusement parks - always ready for her next adventure. She took swimming and diving lessons at age 55. She loved going roller skating with her special Idaho friends. After taking a nasty spill, she donated her skates to DI. She regretted that decision almost immediately.

She loved Pilates, Zumba, Yoga, Susan Branch calendars, Charlie Brown and Snoopy. (She was always on Charlie Brown's side!) She loved to hang her wash on the clothes line and actually enjoyed ironing - something that made the rest of us question her sanity!

She always sent beautiful holiday cards (not just at Christmas) and even when she was so very ill, she always sounded cheery on the telephone.

Lyn was beautiful inside and out. She taught us all the definition of courage. Even in the end, fear was not in her vocabulary. Her enthusiasm for life was reflected in her beautiful blue eyes and her ever-present smile. She had a sympathetic ear and kind word of encouragement for those in need, however she was not shy about letting people know how she felt when the 'hot' topics came up. She had some great words of advice for all of us - Go Big or Go Home!

She is survived by her husband, Brent; sisters, Lora (David) Richardson, Rynda Monson, Karla Sanchez and Tova (Alan) Taylor); sister and brother in law, Joan and Daryl Duffin. She had many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews as well. She is also survived by four 4 legged children, Mia, Elvis, Shep and Waldo.

She was welcomed into the loving arms of her parents, Ralph and Lucille and her sister, Jan. She was also greeted by Bear and Zorro - tails wagging with glee!

A special thanks to Sadie Messner for her untiring efforts in Lyn's behalf and Muffi Fowles for being her "stand by her through everything, lifelong friend".

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 am at the Winder 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 1361 East 4000 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be a gathering for family and friends at 10:00 am, prior to the services. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park, 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights.

Happy Trails, Lyn!

Local arrangements are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls. Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.