Marilyn Kay (Kerl) Montgomery, 69, of Falls City, Neb., died Thursday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2018, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Neb. She was suffering from complications after having abdominal surgery. The exact reasons are currently unknown.
She was born on Jan. 5, 1949, in Falls City, Neb., one of three children of Claude and Dorothy (Findlay) Kerl. She grew up and attended Hiawatha High School. Over her life, Marilyn pursued many different career paths to include attending college for medical practice, operating as a traveling sales woman for J.R. Watkins Apothecary, operating a foster home, managing a daycare for children, overseeing livestock operations, and telecommunication sales. She was known for her love of traveling and sightseeing, covering most of the United States and parts of Mexico. While she settled down with her husband, Bruce Montgomery, in Falls City, she lived in many different states to include Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Kansas.
In 1979, Marilyn and her now ex-husband, Martin Casey, adopted their first child, Michelle Richbourg (Casey) in Kansas. Michelle grew up and traveled and alongside Martin and Marilyn through their adventures until they stopped in Arizona. In 1992, while living in Arizona, Martin and Marilyn adopted their second child, Meshach Casey. A few years later, Michelle left for the Army and in 2000 Marilyn and her son moved to Omaha, Neb., upon her separation with Martin. Marilyn moved to Falls City in 2001 and stayed in the surrounding area for the rest of her life. Marilyn and Bruce Montgomery married in Falls City, Neb., and lived at their residence within the town.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Bruce, of the home; two brothers, David Kerl of Hiawatha, and Donald Kerl of Rawlins, Wyo.; daughter, Michelle Richbourg of Falls City, Neb.; son, Meshach (Lauren) Casey of Fort Riley; six grandchildren, Martin (Jessica) Richbourg, Logan Richbourg, Mackenzie Richbourg, Craig Casey, Marley Casey and Lachlynn Casey; and one great-grandchild, Amethyst Richbourg.
A visitation and viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Popkess Mortuary in Sabetha. The inurnment will be made in the Albany Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Albany Museum, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, KS 66534.
The Sabetha Herald 9/26/2018