Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery

Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery
Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery

Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery, 82, passed away Monday evening, February 22, 2021.  Her family was at her side.

At Mary Lou’s request, and due to covid precautions, a private family service will be held.  Family friend and minister, Alton Cheatwood, will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Stinnett Cemetery, Stinnett, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to a church of your preference or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (see

Mary Lou was the eldest child born to Wayne Reich and Mary Lila (Miller) Taylor.  She was born in Wheeler, Texas on July 24, 1938.  She grew up in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma on her family’s farm, a portion of which was originally homesteaded by her grandfather in 1901.  The farm remains in her family today.  Mary Lou attended schools in Reydon, Oklahoma.  Some of the friendships she had as a child endured throughout her life.

On July 17, 1956, Mary Lou married Bobby Montgomery in Wellington, Texas.  Shortly after they married, they moved to Stinnett, Texas where Bobby began teaching in the Stinnett school system.  They lived and worked in the Stinnett community until 2016.  Mary Lou was a beautician for 35 years, and she owned and operated her own shop most of that time.  As their health and the medical profession changed, requiring more doctor visits, Bobby and Mary Lou moved to Amarillo, Texas but they still considered Stinnett to be their true home.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her nephew, Jonathan Wayne Taylor.

Mary Lou is survived by her two sons, Bobby Wayne Montgomery and wife Montee, Stinnett, and Timothy Mark Montgomery, Houston, Texas; two grandsons, Matthew Wayne Montgomery and wife Vanessa, Fort Worth, Texas, and Mark Allen Montgomery and wife Leia, Soldotna, Alaska; four great-grandchildren, Kinley Taylor and Cooper Daniel Montgomery, Soldotna, and Zackery Allen and Evan Wayne Montgomery, Fort Worth; two brothers, Glenn Reich Taylor and wife Sandy, Newport News, Virginia, and McClarren Wayne ‘Mac’ Taylor and wife Joan, Elk City, Oklahoma; and one nephew and one niece, Christopher Reich Taylor and wife Elizabeth, St Andrews, Scotland, and Kimberly Anne (Taylor) Hailer and husband Benjamin, Newport News.

Mary Lou enjoyed working in a beauty shop environment as it enabled substantial camaraderie with other women.  Throughout her life she especially enjoyed the company of elderly women.  She found them to be particularly entertaining due to their humor and their balanced perspective on life in general.  The girls at the quilting bee knew how to cook, sew, tell jokes and have fun.  Some of her happiest memories were times spent with friends and clients from her beauty shop days.

Mary Lou loved to travel, and she encouraged her sons to follow their dreams and seek adventure.  She thought it was important to prepare for the future, but it was more critical to ‘live in the day’.  Most of all, Mary Lou wanted to spend time with her family, especially her grandsons and great grandchildren.

The family would like to express sincerest gratitude to Patricia Olona, Kathy Jackson and Claire Johnson, of the True Blessings organization. They enabled Mary Lou’s peaceful and beautiful transition from her earthly life.

Services are entrusted to Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas.

21 Replies to “Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery”

  1. My Granny, Louise Pendleton, had her weekly appointment with Mary Lou for all of my childhood and then some. She loved her dearly. I would go with her to the beauty shop several times and Mary Lou was always so kind. She even cut my hair a time or two. They were dear friends, she and my Granny, and seeing this news has brought fresh tears. May she Rest In Peace.

  2. My heart breaks for you boys. Thank you for gracefully sharing your parents with all of us. They made us all better people. To me personally, your parents had a tremendous impact on this little Texas girl from Stinnett. Because of your Mom’s glamour and love for life, she taught me so much!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Tim & Bobby,
    I was really saddened to hear about Mary Lou’s passing. Your mom and dad were two of my most favorite people in this world. Our families shared lots of great times together in the past. Those memories I will alway cherish and never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you and your families.

  4. Mary Lou was hairdresser to my grandmother Birdie Marshall for more years than I can count. She was a dear friend to Birdie, and all Birdie’s family knew and loved Mary Lou.
    May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father. And may her family take comfort in knowing how much Mary Lou was loved and respected.
    Our deepest condolences to her family in this time of great loss.

  5. My most heartfelt prayers to the Family. Bobby Wayne and Tim, your mother, and father, were the most wonderful people. I remember her always having a very calming presence and a constant smile. She will be greatly missed. I know my mother thought the world about your mom.

  6. We were so sorry to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She and Bobby were such a part of everyone’s lives there in Stinnett. She will be greatly missed.

  7. Bobby, Tim, and family,

    Condolences on the loss of Mary Lou. She was so much fun to be around. I can still recall that Mary Lou cut my hair, and several others, on our Senior Trip. That started a trend for me. Whenever I came home from college, a trip to see Mary Lou was always put on the schedule. Got to see her routinely for a lot of years. Needed the hair cut, but loved the visit even more. She was special. Sincerely, Colin

  8. Mary Lou was one of the sweetest people I have ever know. I’m sorry for the boys but I know she is in the arms of the man she atLoived. God Bless her family.

  9. Another great woman goes home to her reward. you are loved and will be deeply missed. prayers for the family. what a blessing to know you and the family growing up in Stinnett. RIP

  10. Bobby and Tim No words can describe how sad I am to hear this😥 I loved your Mom and consider her one of my Best Friends. So very very sorry🙏🙏🙏😥😥😥😥❤

  11. Tim and Bobby Wayne thank you for sharing your parents with so many of us! I loved them dearly and was always so happy when I would see them. They both had a heart of gold! Your Mother loved you with a full heart! There is no bond or love like that of a Mother and her children! Please accept my deepest sympathy.. love and prayers to each of you… MARIE Titus Brines

  12. Mary Lou was truly one of a kind. A beautiful women inside and out. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you. I’m sure you have a beautiful crown waiting for you in heaven. Hugs and love to the family.

  13. Tim, Bobby and family, No greater love than that of a mother. Many memories of your mom and dad. I am saddened to hear of your loss, I know you are comforted by your many memories of her . God bless you. Sincerely, Rachel Searcy Anderson

  14. I was saddened to hear of Mary Lou’s passing. My sincerest condolences to her family. Fly high Mary Lou. 🙏🏻💗

  15. Dear Tim & Bobby Wayne,
    Sending each of you my sincere condolences for the passing of your sweet mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you’ll and all the family. Sending hugs!

  16. Mary Lou was my beautician for many years. I loved her and she always could make me laugh. I am sorry for you loss. She loved her family dearly. We will meet again in heaven

  17. How blessed I was to have known her as one of the first people I met when I moved to Stinnett. She truly was one of the most beautiful… inside and out-that I knew. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  18. Tim and Bobby Wayne, so sorry to hear this…. she was a beauty, inside and out! Such a sweet lady! Prayers for y’all and the family.. you’re in our thoughts and prayers💗🙏

  19. Dear Tim & Bobby Wayne,
    No one loves you like your Mom. Sending you all my love and deepest sympathies on the passing of your sweet momma.
    Liz Christian Mullen

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