Today’s obituary notices:
- William (Bill) Henry Montague
- Leona Mae Holloway
William (Bill) Henry Montague (December 10, 1927-April 23, 2013) Our loving father, granddad (GiGi) and friend passed away in the midst of family at his home in Lakewood, Washington. Bill was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. He went to work at the Pentagon at 17 1/2 years old as a clerk typist. One year later he started his military career and at the young age of 38 became a Sergeant Major.
Bill was a veteran of the WWII Japanese Occupation, the Korean War and the Viet Nam war. During his illustrious career he received 3 Bronze Stars, The Army Commendation Medal and a Legion of Merit. He retired as Personnel Sgt. Major at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1976.
Bill is survived by 5 sons and 2 daughters, Takaji (Bob), Jeannette Frieson, William Jr., Monty, Michi, Nanami Afifi and Dwight. William is also survived by 3 daughters-in-law, Lael Martin, Stefani, and Andrea; son-in-law, Osama Afifi; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild in the oven; and countless others he considered part of his family.
Bill was preceded in death by foster parents, Alease and Ellis Drummond; wife, Kinuko; son, Yoshino; and son-in-law, Jim Frieson.
Leona Mae Holloway (Sunrise: August 27, 1927–Sunset: April 20, 2013) was born in a small town outside of Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in the cotton fields of Arkansas and Texas. She raised two children, Katherine Rodgers and Sylvia Lowery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex Holloway and Lillie Mae Holloway; a brother, Joe Holloway; a dozen half brothers and sisters; granddaughter, Beverly Washington; and a great granddaughter Mosetta Peters. Following the deaths of her mother and father Leona moved from Texas to Phoenix, Arizona.
After some years in Phoenix, Leona migrated to Seattle, Washington where she lived and worked in her church and in Dry Cleaning management. Later in life Leona moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she continued her career in Dry Cleaning management. After retirement she went to work for the Alaska school system as a school bus monitor for the developmentally challenged children which she dearly loved and worked at until becoming ill in May of 2011. Often she spoke of how she missed her kids. Leona was most proud of being a Christian and her service to her God, church, and community. She lived a graceful life with her family and friends.
Sylvia would like to remind us that Mother was a very private person who believed very much in public service to the church, showing her love for God in how she treated and cared for others no matter their race, nationality, or faith. She was beloved by people of different backgrounds who saw that she embraced their humanity. Most won’t know she loved to write, especially poems and songs to and about her love for God, His unfailing love and forgiveness; also about life, family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and even stronger sense of family. She is the blessed tie that binds us in love, compassion, comportment, and the continuation of her legacy of faith.
Leona leaves to cherish her memories, daughters, Rev. Katherine Rodgers and Sylvia Lowery; granddaughter’s, Karen Parker-Bell, Venitha Lowe, and Teresa McDougald; great grandson’s; David Lewis, Brandon Bell, Daryel Bell, Jamaica Darden, Jonathan Lewis, Larry Washington Jr, and James Ray III; great grand-daughter’s, DeShae Lowe-Mitchell, Yvonne Lowe, Ebony Ray, Heather Ray, Littlenita Lowe, Kenitha Johnson, Shalonda Lowe, Narrisa Washington, Ishanti Sanders, and Tondi Sanders; great great grandson’s, Vincent Bell, Javon Bell, Sh’Juan Vilo Jr, Daryel Bell Jr, Dushawn Cotton-Lowe, and Justin Lewis; great great granddaughter’s, Shamita Bell, Kayesha Bell, Daisja Lowe, CStarr Lowe, Malasja Lowe, Sha’nell Vilo, Moriah Lowe-Peters, Unique Baker, Aubree Lewis, Damia Marshall, Clara Ray, and Anniyah Butler. She also leaves a beloved brother-in-law and sister-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.