November 7, 1922 – December 6, 2020
Gloria Montgomery, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt died Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Woodland Pond, New Paltz, New York. Gloria was born on November, 7, 1922 in Beacon, New York, daughter of Everett C. and Gertrude W. Camp. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Everett Camp, Jr., her husband, William S. Montgomery (Bill), and her daughter, Janet E. Montgomery.
Gloria grew up in Newburgh, New York, where she married her high school sweetheart, Bill, and then raised their five daughters. She completed a three-year training program for nurses at Ellis Hospital, in Schenectady, New York, in 1943, then joined the U.S. Navy and served as a nurse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Corvallis, Oregon Naval Hospital.
Her good humor and organizational skills served her well as she tended to her husband and his busy medical practice and her daughters and their activities. She juggled schedules for music lessons, 4-H club meetings and horse shows, Brownies and Girls Scouts, choir practices and youth fellowship meetings. She used to laugh and say her “taxi” service started when school got out and didn’t end until we were all home again. World class Mom is how we will always remember her.
Mom enjoyed playing golf at the Powelton Club with Bill and travelling to and playing at golf courses in California, South Carolina, and Hawaii with Bill and other friends. She was an avid reader and bridge player. When Dad surprised Mom and his girls with skis one year for Christmas, she took up the sport enthusiastically and had great fun with us on ski outings in Vermont and upstate New York for many years. She was an active member and officer of the Newburgh Garden Club for many years and loved gardening and flower arranging.
Gloria Montgomery leaves behind a rich legacy of devotion to family, friends and community. To her family, she will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother, always available for a hug, love and support – and fresh applesauce cake. She loved to host get-togethers for almost any occasion and we celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and other occasions over the years together. Her spirit and generosity gave us a lifetime of memories and good times and her care and devotion created a family and friends of which we are all proud.
They say: “It’s love that makes the world go ‘round.” And if that’s true, then the world was spinning a little faster with Gloria in it. If Mom were still here, she would ask us not to mourn her death, but to celebrate her life and to love our families and friends unconditionally.
Gloria is survived by her daughters and their husbands: Barbara Hider and Jeffrey Hider of Severna Park, MD; Cheryl Wherry and James Wherry of New Paltz, NY; Margaret Montgomery and William Fogg of Bradenton, FL: and Susan Sinclair and Steven Sinclair of Millsboro, DE; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and her brother, Roger Camp.
A celebration of Gloria’s life and interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Newburgh, New York will take place at a later time due to the pandemic. Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left for Gloria’s family by visiting www.copelandhammerl.com.