On a personal note, the entire Rotary Club of Pompton Lakes mourns the loss of our fellow Rotarian Judy Montgomery.
 
Judy was one of the first female Rotarians in our district. She served the Pompton Lakes Rotary Club for over 30 years, and was a past president.
She also served as District Secretary and was a Walter D Head Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Below is Judy's obituary, written by fellow Pompton Lakes Rotarian Dorothy O'Connor, which appears in The Suburban Trends:
 
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By DOROTHY O’CONNOR
Correspondent
WEST MILFORD – A strong, inspiring woman who never missed an opportunity to offer a helping hand or supportive word to someone struggling, township resident Judy Montgomery, 71, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, following a lengthy illness.
Judy’s love affair with this township (and its residents with her) began more than 40 years ago when she bought the house where she still lived. Born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Seattle, Washington, Judy graduated from Central Washington State University before moving to San Francisco and eventually settling in the little log cabin in the West Milford woods.

For many years Judy had worked for Estee Lauder and later The Mennen Company in production and distribution, while engaging her passion for gardening as a hobby at home and with friends. Finally, after becoming a Master Gardener, she decided to start her own business developing and maintaining residential gardens and subsequently was employed by Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery.

It was while building a professional reputation for horticultural expertise that her health began to decline. However, throughout the ensuing years, while battling her illness, Judy’s desire to continue doing what she always loved best – serving others – never faltered.
“Judy knew how to volunteer and give back and she had an incredible strength,” said her pastor, the Rev. Janet Macgregor-Williams of the West Milford Presbyterian Church.
Judy joined the Rotary Club of Pompton Lakes in 1988 and served twice as president. In 2002-2003 she was district secretary for Past District Governor Peter Lefkowitz, and in 2005-2006 was assistant governor under Dennis Miskewicz. Judy was both a Rotary Walter D. Head Fellow and Paul Harris Fellow.

“Judy loved the people of Rotary,” said Pompton Lakes attorney Lefkowitz. “We traveled around the District together for a year (during his term as governor), and she couldn’t wait to sit down and talk to these Rotarians. Years later not many remember me, but they all remember Judy!”

Fellow Pompton Lakes Rotarian Phil Sohn, of Columbia Bank, said he will always remember Judy for her good heart and willingness to help anyone in need. “She was a strong and determined woman as well as compassionate and caring. She was fearless in her determination to overcome any obstacle that might deter her from living her daily life,” said Sohn.
“Judy could always recognize and appreciate what was going on around her at that moment. She was a true friend who made a difference and made our world and community a better place,” Sohn said.

Rotarian Mary Hamilton said she will remember Judy for “the hard work she did and always doing her best. There was such joy in working with her. She was a special lady to me and I have so many good memories to cherish.”

Pompton Lakes Rotary Club President Garry Luciani said, “Judy was a true inspiration to everyone who benefitted by knowing her – always ready to jump in and work for a deserving cause. She led by example and inspired others to live the Rotary Motto of ‘Service Above Self.’  Whenever we face really difficult obstacles (which Judy definitely dealt with), we will be inspired by the strength and courage she has shown.”

Judy’s close friend, Wayne Rotary Club Past President Maryalice Foster, spoke for many, simply saying, “I’m sad, but relieved that her heroic battle is now over. Judy’s legacy is immeasurable.”
 
Another close friend, Sue Nolan added, “Judy was a beautiful person with a tremendous amount of energy and with much love for all she met and she was truly loved by all in return.” 
In addition to her beloved Rotary, Judy also was an active member of Master Gardeners of Passaic County and served on the Board of Directors for Music at the Mission, a not-for-profit organization endeavoring to bring affordable and quality musical entertainment to the suburbs.

Judy is survived by her mother Helen Dixon and her sister, Janice Dixon, both of Seattle, Washington.
A memorial service will be held on July 12th at 2pm at the West Milford Presbyterian Church.
 
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