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Suzanne Stewart Montgomery

date of birth September 29 1944

date of death October 27 2019

Suzanne Stewart Montgomery lost her valiant battle with lung cancer on October 27, 2019 at Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton, Oregon. She was 75 years old.

Suzanne, or "Sue" as she was called by her friends and family, was born on September 29, 1944 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Her parents were Grayce Petey Montgomery, originally of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and Thomas Braden Montgomery Sr., originally of Ford City, Pennsylvania, both of whom predeceased her.

Sue was a "War baby" who spent her first two years in Rhinelander at her mother's family home as her father completed his World War II service in Europe. Thereafter, the family lived for a short time in Ford City, Pennsylvania, before moving to Pittsburgh where Sue was raised in Pleasant Hills, a suburb.

Sue attended high school at Mount Mercy Academy in Pittsburgh. She attended San Francisco College for Women for two years, then transferred to the University of Portland where she earned her B.A. in Political Science. Sue also held a Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Sue spent her career as a librarian at The Oregonian newspaper and in the Portland Public Library system. In her later years, she spent extended time in New Bern, North Carolina, assisting her elderly parents in their retirement before returning to her beloved Portland.

Throughout her life, Sue was an avid reader, moviegoer and keen letter writer in the Jane Austen tradition. She had a traveling spirit and was always looking for her next adventure.

Sue was blessed to have many lifelong friends including Marylyn Klesh of Beaverton, Carol McMenamin of Portland, and Barbara McCanne of Gresham.

Sue is survived by her brothers William B. Montgomery of Roswell, Georgia; Braden Montgomery (Helen) of Media, Pennsylvania; her niece Tracey Montgomery Kirchoff (Brian) of Severna Park, Maryland; cousins Steve Johnson (Lois) of Vancouver, Washington; Cindy Formosa (Tom Bogan) and Julie Harrell (Buzz) both of Nashville, Tennessee. She also leaves behind her "sister," former sister-in-law Karen Montgomery Crabtree (Joseph), of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.

At Sue’s request, there will be no service.

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Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.

Candle lit by Steve & Lois Johnson Sue we have shared many good times over the past 43 years we have lived in Portland. Though you ventured off to other places from time to time, we always reconnected upon your return. We will especially miss exploring the Portland beer scene with you. We will continue to raise a glass in your honor as we soldier on. Cheers!

Candle lit by Marylyn Klesh You were a gift from God to me 55 years ago. You friendship has been a treasure. Thank you for opening your life to me and connecting me to your family, North Carolina friends, and allowing me to be part of your Portland support team. On October 27th, I had the honor to watch you take off for your next adventure with God. Peace and love to you, my dear friend .

Candle lit by Marilyn Deutsch Sue, I only knew you for a short time, but you were such a joy. You were a hoot and so fun to be around, that even though my husband and I met you one evening at an outdoor concert, we called you a week or so later to see if we could take you to dinner. We had never just picked up a friend before, but we just had to get to know you and we are glad we did even if it was a brief time. It was always special to talk to you. Could listen to you talk forever. Thanks for taking on two new friends.