Shirley Montague

Obituary of Shirley Frances Montague

Shirley Frances Montague, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed peacefully in her sleep on November 9, 2023 at the age of 88. Shirley was a devoted mother, grandmother, and wife to her late husband, William “Bill” Montague. 

Shirley and Bill were deeply in love and inseparable throughout their 65 years of marriage. Her vivacious personality and sense of humor made her the life of the party. Having never met a stranger, Shirley had many friends, and was deeply seated in the Lexington community. Throughout her life, Shirley worked as a medical secretary and enjoyed belly dancing, creating stained glass art, gardening, celebrating holidays, UK sports, and most of all, spending time with her family. 

Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Montague; her mother, Angela Hendricks Chism; her father, Fred B. Haley; her sister, Johnitta Sirkle; and three brothers, Vernon Haley, James Haley, and John Haley. 

She is survived by her children, William E. (Barbara) Montague, Mary (Christopher) Grigsby, Thomas (Vicki) Montague, and Patricia (Jack) Shoup; her grandchildren, William N. Montague, Richard T. (Brittney) Montague, James Ezzio, Jennifer (Andrew) Kenner, T. Dru (Nicole) Montague, Richard B. (Jessie) Montague, Amy Shoup, and Lori (Jacob) Fischer; her great-grandchildren, Hunter, Caitlyn, Ashton, Adam, Benjamin, Marjorie, Thomas, and one on the way; her great-great grandchild, Emersyn; and her sister, Vicki Haley-Oman. 

A celebration of life will be held (date to be determined). 

Per Shirley’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lexington Fire Department Toy Drive to bring joy to the children in our community this Christmas. Cash, check, or toys to any Lexington fire station, Venmo: Lexington-FOF, 9576, through their Amazon wishlist:, or bring toys to the celebration of life.

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