Dorothy B. Montgomery, 90, of Rockford, Illinois, departed this earthly life on August 1, 2020, in her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 19, 1930 to William and Lida Mae Robinson in Smackover, Arkansas. Dorothy and family moved to Detroit, Michigan. At an early age, where she became an active member of Hamlett Temple CME Church. This is where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. "A person’s steps are directed by the loving Lord.” Provebs 20:24
Dorothy Robinson married Clinton Montgomery on March 8, 1950 in Detroit, MI. To this union, eight children were born; Clinton (Skippy) Montgomery of Detroit, MI, Roy Montgomery of Rockford, IL, Alvin Montgomery of Kansas City, MO, Mark Montgomery of Rockford, IL, Sheila (Lamont) Pouncil) of Kansas City MO. She was predeceased by two sons, Ronald and Paul as infants and one daughter, Gayle Montgomery on April 10, 2020, all three of Detroit, MI. She was also predeceased by her parents and siblings.
Dorothy moved to Rockford in the early 60’s where she received her Cosmetology license, and became the owner of Dot’s Klip & Kurl for over 50 years. Her passion for hair and fashion allowed her to win State Championships three years in a row, which led her to win the Floating Cup Trophy.
She was a member at Macedonia Baptist Church. Dorothy allowed her Christian light to shine by example. She visited nursing and private homes to provide free hair services to those no longer able to venture out, enjoyed singing in church choir, and assisted in many facets (known for fried pies). She was a mentor to many of her customers and friends using prayer as a guide, "Father I stretch my hand to thee for there is no other help I know." this is a phrase she used often.
Dorothy was an active walker on the bike path for years and a sports fanatic, especially basketball (Chicago Bulls-MJ!)
She leaves to celebrate her life and legacy, five children, 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, also a host of nieces, nephews, and loved ones.
Dorothy’s loving memory is based on God’s word. Proverbs 31:31 continues to attest to the life of a woman who lived as such.
“Give her the reward she has earned and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”
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