Shirley Anne Montgomery


Shirley Anne Montgomery, 84, of Anderson, passed away on May 4, 2019. She was born on July 1, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Al and Mary Meyer. She grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from St. Agnes High School in 1952.
She met and married Ken Montgomery in 1954 and moved to Auburn University to attend college where Ken was student. After Ken's graduation they lived in Montgomery, Alabama, until moving to Anderson in 1959.
After having nine children, she finished her college at Anderson University with a bachelor's degree in 1975. She then completed two master's degree programs from Ball State University, one in interior design and the second in architecture. In 1978, she and her husband, Ken, opened their architecture and interior design firm, which operates to date as krM Architecture+m with offices in Anderson, Indianapolis and Detroit. While semi-retired, she still worked in her discipline, designing library interiors throughout the Midwest.
Shirley liked to paint. Her oil paintings, which won first prize in Anderson Art, are displayed throughout her home. She also wrote and published two books on architecture. She taught art history at Anderson University. In 2015, she and Ken received the Entrepreneurs of Madison County Award. In 2016, their architecture firm was awarded the Indiana State Achievement Award (which is not awarded every year).
Shirley loved to read, travel, play golf and snow ski, using her ability to teach her grandchildren how to ski. Shirley loved the slopes in Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado, which was their annual family winter vacation. She continued skiing until she was 77.
In the 84 years that Shirley spent on earth, it was her faith in God that gave her the strength to accomplish all of her successes.
Her true success in life was her nine children, Mike (Karla) Montgomery, Kathy Jell, Judy Ryan, David (Nancy) Montgomery, Andy (Debbie) Montgomery, John (Kathryn) Montgomery, Mary (John) Smith, Tom (Andrea) Montgomery and Bill (Kim) Montgomery; 25 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Judy (Dave) Grissmer, and sister-in-law, Sheila (Lyle) Hiebert, along with three nieces and one nephew. Shirley was thankful for Facebook, the internet, etc., which provided her the ability to keep up with her extended family and their activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Mary Meyer; sister and brother-in-law, Ann (Doyle) Rein; and son-in-law, Tom Ryan.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1115 Pearl St., Anderson, IN 46016.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow visitation at the church, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Daniel Shine officiating.
Burial will take place in the East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson.
Published on May 5, 2019
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7 posts

Darlene Crews
May 06, 2019
Bill and Kim... I'm so sorry about your mom/MIL. She sounds like she was a very special lady. My thoughts are with you both and your families...
Eileen Ryan McGrath & Kevin McGrath
May 06, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the Montgomery family. Shirley was such a joyful, kind person. Kevin & I have fond memories of our times with Shirley & Ken at huge family gatherings. She is in our prayers!
Shelly Tahtinen
May 06, 2019
Shirley touched so many lives with her kindness and enthusiasm for life.
The devotion that she and Ken have had for each other has always been a special thing that we could see and feel.
She immediately accepted and loved our daughter Gina (Kevin Montgomery) as part of her large and growing family. Gina and Kevin and their boys, Harrison and Iverson are better for having known her and loved her.
Some peoples presence will continue to live and grow in those they have touched. Shirley's special presence will forever be felt.
Tod Boise
May 06, 2019
Thoughts, prayers and peace to your family during this time of sorrow.
Kim Winship
May 06, 2019
So sorry for your loss to the entire Montgomery family. Shirley was a great role model for us all and she will be missed.
Mike Shively
May 06, 2019
Tom, Mary and family. So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
Tom Fitzgerald
May 06, 2019
What a remarkable woman and role model. Thoughts and Prayers for the entire Montgomery family.