TRAVERSE CITY — With her family beside her Verna Montgomery Cox passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, 2013. Verna will always be remembered for the beautiful smile by which she greeted everyone.
As an accomplished artist she saw nature as God’s painting for her pleasure. She loved his trees and their adorning leaves, the colors of his flowers, even the weeds, the sounds of a good thunderstorm and the beauty of the white snow settling on the earth. She cleaned up litter long before it was fashionable, seeing it as a blemish on God’s masterpiece. Over the years she captured her favorite scenes in her own watercolors and pencil drawings, creating quite a collection of nature’s more beautiful moments.
Along with raising her children she was a foster parent to many others in the Walled Lake area.
After moving to Northern Michigan she opened a bakery in Glen Arbor, sharing another talent and passion with that community.
Always looking to help others her volunteer services included the United Methodist Women’s Club, GT County’s Community Service Sewing projects and helping the homeless in the Phoenix area one winter.
She was born Verna May Lamkin Nov. 9, 1926, to Edgar and Jesse Lamkin. She is survived by what was her greatest passion, family; a sister, Lola (Larry) Lung; two brothers, Harley (Beverly) Lamkin and Ronnye (Thelma) Lamkin; three children, Lowell (John) Clark, of Surprise, Ariz., Douglas (Janine) Montgomery, of Lake Ann, and Colleen (Robert) Joy, of Devils Lake, N.D.; seven grandchildren, Kay, Karin and Marcus Clark, Marcie, Mollie, Maureen and Megan Montgomery; one great-grandson, Carson Montgomery; along with many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Eldon; and her husband, Fred Montgomery and later, Arthur Cox.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to Old Town Playhouse of Traverse City, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.