Betty June Snider Montgomery, 84, passed away Wednesday, 13 August, 2014 in Orem, Utah. She was born June 29, 1930, in Delta, Colorado. Betty is survived by her older sister, Eloise Scott, of Orem. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins on the Vance and Snider sides. She is survived by step-children Brent Montgomery, LuAnn Bacon Clawson, Alene M. Cromar and Lane Montgomery. She will be missed by 13 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Betty was predeceased by husband John Neal Montgomery, parents Charles Daniel and Minnie Marie Vance Snider, grandson Kevin Cromar, daughter-in-law Bonnie Hylton Montgomery, son-in- law Norman L. Bacon and daughter-in-law Tami Martin Montgomery.
Betty married into a ready-made and very loving family when she married Neal. Despite the significant difference in their ages (20 years), she fit right in and made Neal's life much richer than it had been as a widower. She had served a mission in Western Canada as a young adult and reminisced often about how much this affected her life. Not long after her mission she and a friend went to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, which ended up lasting three years. Although she loved playing hymns on the piano and organ, she preferred Hawaiian music, whenever possible. In her later life, tears would well up as she listened to CDs of this music as she sat alone in her condo. Betty and Neal enjoyed a wonderful visit to Hawaii where her island friends treated them like royalty. She definitely deserved such.
Betty was the consummate good neighbor and friend to all. She served 10 years in the Mount Timpanogos Temple Baptistry. Her last calling in her ward was Ward Friendshipper (a missionary-like call to simply be herself), and her companion was her sister, Eloise. They enjoyed befriending all who moved into the ward and other longer-term residents.
The family is convinced that Neal's life was extended 25 years due to their happy marriage. Her love for Neal and all the family and angelic care for Neal during his last few months was exemplary, and quite in character with how she approached life in general.
Betty filled a void for someone to know and love as Grandma to all the grandchildren and greats, and they will all miss her terribly, but all also know that she has been received in the loving embrace of Neal and Norma as she left mortality and joined them in eternal realms. She leaves a void that will not be filled until we also join them.
Services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 in the Suncrest Tenth ward in Orem, 90 North, 600 West, at 11:30 am. A viewing will be held that morning from 9-11 am at the ward building. Burial will follow at the Heber City Cemetery at 3:00 pm.