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09/09/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Jane Stephenson Montgomery

Jane Pendleton Stephenson Montgomery
(01 Aug 1945 - 07 Sept 2013)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   I was greatly distressed this week to learn of the death of  
  Jane Stephenson Montgomery, Class of 1963who passed away in Lynchburg on Saturday, September 07, 2013 at the age of 68. 

   Daughter of the late Bill Stephenson (@ 1936), she is the sister of Tom Stephenson (??) of NC, and George Stephenson (??) of VA, and cousin of       Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA.

   Jane was preceded in death by her beloved granddaughter,   Morgan Alexis Pritchett (15 July 2002 - 30 Jun 2009):

From the Daily Press - 09/08/13:   

                   Jane Stephenson Montgomery

  LYNCHBURG - Jane Stephenson Montgomery, 68, of Lynchburg, VA, died Saturday, September 07, 2013. Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, (434) 237-9424.

Published in Daily Press on September 8, 2013.
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From the Daily Press - 09/09/13:   

                   Jane Stephenson Montgomery


LYNCHBURG - Jane Stephenson Montgomery, 68, of Lynchburg, VA passed into God's arms while surrounded by her family on September 7, 2013.

She was born in Newport News, Virginia on August 1, 1945 to the late William T. Stephenson, Jr. and the late Elaine Williams Stephenson. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Morgan Pritchett.

A tirelessly devoted wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, she was also a dedicated church musician and music educator. She was a graduate of East Carolina University and received a master's degree in sacred music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

She was a faithful servant of God. Her passion for music, her contagious smile, and her warm-hearted spirit will forever live in the hearts of the countless lives she touched.



She is survived by her husband, Michael Richard Montgomery; three children, Ginny Shield Pritchett of Virginia Beach, Allison Lynne Shield of Kill Devil Hills, NC, and Brian Stephenson Shield of Charlottesville; a stepson, Andrew Michael Montgomery; brothers George Pendleton Stephenson of Seaford, and William Thomas Stephenson, III of Wake Forest, NC; two grandchildren, Matthew and Jason Pritchett of Virginia Beach; and nephews: Will and Hunter Stephenson of Wake Forest, NC and Penn Stephenson of Hampton.

The family will receive visitors at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive in Lynchburg from 6pm to 8pm Monday, September 9th. A graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd., Newport News at 11am Tuesday, September 10th. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA at 11am on Thursday, September 12th. Pastor Dennis Roberts will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cure Starts Now, 10280 Chester Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45215 or Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, (434) 237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 9 to September 10, 2013.   
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September 08, 2013

Jane was a musician in high school. I was in the band with her and enjoyed her friendship.

~ Linda L. Lane, Williamsburg, Virginia

September 09, 2013

My fondest memory - 'The Quilters' at the old Fine Arts Center.

~ Carol Willis, Lynchburg, Virginia

September 09, 2013

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jane's family, friends, and classmates at this time.

  This information is also recorded here:

    From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/07/13, 8:20 AM - " Jane Stephenson Montgomery":

Jane Stephenson Montgomery lost her fight with cancer today...the message below from her husband, Mike, was posted on . 
"Jane went peacefully this morning at 6:45.
She is now with her granddaughter Morgan making beautiful music in the heavens."
Her home address for any who which to send a sympathy card:
3242 Downing Street, Lynchburg, VA 24503

Thank you,
Susie Overton Jones
Class of 1963

   Oh, Susie, I am so very sorry to hear this!  I had no idea Jane was ill. Thank you for letting me know.  

     From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 09/08/13, 8:21 PM:

...There is one thing I needed to tell you. I saw an obit in today's paper for   Jane Stephenson Montgomery of Lynchburg. She was in the Great Typhoon Marching Band and concert band as well. She was in the class of 63, I think.

   Thank you, Linda-Linda.   I remember Jane quite well from our days in band together, as well as her amazing talent with the piano.  I am still shocked to learn of her death.

     From Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA - 09/09/13, 6:08 AM:

I know you hate to get emails like this and that they are all too frequent, but here it is. Saturday, September 7th, my cousin  
  Jane Stephenson Montgomery (class of '63) died after a long battle with cancer. I do not know about funeral arrangements, but I understand notice will be in the Daily Press either Monday or Tuesday.

Love, Cuz' Pam

   Thank you, Cousin Pam.   I think the Daily Press must have posted her obituary just after you emailed me.  I'm so sorry you've had to encounter another passing in your family.  You have my sincerest condolences.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 07/18/09

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