Mary Ann Montgomery

Mary Ann Montgomery
Mary Ann Montgomery


Mary Ann Danneil Montgomery, 77, entered into eternity on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

She was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, IN, on February 23, 1941 to the late Albert William Danneil and Louise Erma Kelly Danneil.

She graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1959. Mary Ann continued her education earning a BA degree in English from Hanover College in 1963. She later earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Indiana University.

In her youth she enjoyed attending sporting events with her father and was active in church activities at The First Presbyterian Church in Mishawaka.

Mary Ann joined the Brownstown Presbyterian Church on April 7, 1968, where she served as an elder and treasurer, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.

Formerly married to AR “Slim” Callis from 1963 to 1988, she lived at Camp Pyoca in Brownstown, IN, from 1968 to 1984. She worked at the camp as the secretary and was formerly a camp counselor.

Mary Ann was the librarian at Medora Community School from 1980 to 1982. She was librarian at Brownstown Central High School from 1983 to 2003, where she was also the English Academic Team coach and Yearbook Advisor for many years. Mary Ann developed lifelong friendships with many teachers and students from the school.

In the community, Mary Ann was a member of the League of Women Voters and she joined Tri Kappa Epsilon Phi in 1959, where she was involved in many community service projects.

Special interests and hobbies of Mary Ann’s included gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, watching spelling bees, and attending theater productions. She enjoyed picking berries and making (and eating!) strawberry and pecan pie. She could always be counted on to break out in a Broadway show tune or camp song at a moment’s notice.

Some of her favorite times were watching the Brownstown Braves play basketball, football, volleyball and cross country (or listening faithfully on the radio if she couldn’t attend), going on local outings with friends, attending the Jackson County Fair for a nutty bar and pork burger, and spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Louise (Joel) Aelick and Jennifer Sue Hamm, all of Charlotte, NC; two step-children, Renee Deann (Shane) Gallion and Ryan Adam Montgomery, all of Medora; grandchildren, Carmen Hamm, Nicolas Hamm, Joshua Aelick and Justin Aelick; step-grandchildren, Lance Gallion, Ellis Gallion, Elisa Hickman, Caylen Fortino, and Ethan Montgomery; great-granddaughter Kenzie Marie Gallion; and one sister, Marjorie (John David) Martin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lawrence L. “Jack” Montgomery.

A Witness to the Resurrection service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, at the Brownstown Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. E. Duane Aelick officiating.

A Celebration of Life reception will follow from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at WR Ewing, 1103-1105 W Spring St., Brownstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Brownstown Presbyterian Church, WFIU Public Radio, and the Jackson County Community Theater.