Willie Mae Montgomery passed away early Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at the age of 91. She was born April 4, 1928, in Jollyville, to Effie Johns and Lewis Ewell Barnes and was the middle of three daughters.
On April 24, 1943, she married Donnie Foy Montgomery and had two children, Don F. and Effie Anne. They lived a simple, humble life on the farm in Liberty Hill where they grew cotton and corn. At one point she made butter that Donnie would sell at the grocery store in Taylor.
Her first job was at Lay’s Layers Egg Farm in Liberty Hill. She also worked at Westwood Boys Ranch in Liberty Hill for many years. She started working at Southwestern University in Georgetown in the early 1970s where she worked until 1993.
On Jan. 1, 1980 they moved to Georgetown.
Willie loved her family. Many times, she would say “I have the best kids, I just don’t know what I would do without them.”
She loved to quilt, crochet and cook. Her chocolate pies and okra and potatoes never disappoint-ed. She was a treasure to all who knew her, and her smile will never be forgotten.
Willie was a hard worker and someone who would always tell it like she saw it. She was always will-ing to stick up for her kids, grandkids and great grandkids.
She also had some of the best sayings, “lickity split” was a favorite of her granddaughters.
Willie will be greatly missed, however we must take comfort in the thought that Willie has been reunited with her beloved Donnie.
Willie was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Donnie Foy Montgomery; her parents, Effie Johns and Lewis Ewell Barnes; and her sisters, Lola Mae Ward and Clara Mae Landrum.
She is survived by her son, Don F. Montgomery and wife Debbie of Thorndale; daughter, Effie Anne Bishop and husband Roy of Weir; grandson, John “Chris” Andrews and wife Cynthia of Dublin, Ga.; granddaughter, Misti Shafer-Webb and husband Stacy of Georgetown; granddaughter, Melissa Montgomery Bohac and husband Ben of Taylor; great grandsons, Christopher Andrews, Cooper An-drews, Colby Hajda and Callen Hajda; extended family, Tracy Holder and family, Jeremy and Heather Merz and family; numerous nieces, nephews and special friends Kirby Maggard and Nick Ramos.
A visitation with the family will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at The Gabriels Funeral Chapel in Georgetown. The funeral service will be held the following morning at 9 a.m. also at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel, with the burial immediately afterwards at Bagdad Cemetery in Leander.