Lillian Avila Montgomery

April 5, 1939 ~ July 15, 2022 (age 83)


Lillian Avila Montgomery was born at home in Manteca Ca in the Spring of 1939 and left this world at her home in Modesto, Ca as an independent woman at age 83.  Lillian was full of love, mixed with a dash of ornery stubbornness that came together to define the proud and beautiful Portuguese woman she was.  As the third of six siblings on a working dairy farm, she developed a diligent work ethic that she carried all of her days.  Lillian worked as a hair stylist for over 63 years and still enjoyed doing hair for her friends up until her final days. She had an indomitable spirit forged in the tragic loss of her first love Michael Carroll and her two young sons Michael Carrolll and John Odum, and later her only daughter Mary Lynn Carroll.  She found a second chance at love when she met John “Monty” Montgomery, and they had her only surviving son Johnny.  Her heart swelled with love in her sunset years with the birth of her grandchildren.  Lillian loved caring for animals, painting, lunching with friends, studying genealogy and proudly telling anyone who would listen about her family lineage. She was a motherly figure to many and will be dearly missed.  Lillian is survived by her son John Montgomery, daughter in law-Nicole Montgomery, four grandchildren Taylor Roseman,  Ava, Morgan, and Marcus Montgomery,  sisters Aldena Tolleson and Irma DeMichaels, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends and family are welcome to attend the graveside memorial at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery (17871 Carrolton Rd, Escalon, CA 95320) at 10am Friday July 29, and celebration of life will be held immediately following at The Shop located at 1834 Main St. Escalon, Ca 95320.



St. John's Catholic Cemetery
17871 Carrolton Rd
Escalon, CA 95320

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