Mary Montag

June 22, 1939 - December 06, 2019

Mary Montag

June 22, 1939 - December 06, 2019


Mary Margaret Montag, age 80, of Bellingham, passed away December 6, 2019. She was born June 22, 1939 to Roland and Ruth (Daesener) Montag.

Mary graduated from Bellingham High School in 1957. She pursued her college education at the University of Washington, where she was affiliated with Delta Gamma Sorority. Mary received her degree in Speech Pathology, where she worked with the deaf and hard of hearing. Her career took her to Frankfurt, Germany, where she worked in the American Schools for the Department of Defense.

Mary completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Communications while living abroad. Early on she met Winston Carter, history teacher and historian with DODS, and his daughters Chelsea and Brittany. Travel became a pastime for long weekends and vacations, along with skiing the Alps, collecting antiques, and of course driving that red Porsche racecar on the Autobahn.

In 1995 Mary retired and returned to her roots in Bellingham, where she resided with her mother Ruth. Her interests turned back to Lummi Island where the family fostered deep memories of the Red Cabin and Mary’s new home at Lane Spit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roland and Ruth Montag and niece Lisa Ann Montag.

She is survived by her brother Richard (Sheridan) Montag; her nieces Stacy Montag (and son Marcus) and Shannon (Brian) Funk (and children Briley, Christina, and Thomas); her nephew Steven (Tracy) Montag; her cousins Patricia Brown-Smith and Henrietta “Janie” Moseley; her life partner Winston Carter; his daughters Chelsea Carter and Brittany (Mirko) Sekulic; and her close friends Carol and Ted Van Zanden.

Mary was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Knox and 14th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Mary at Sacred Heart on Monday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m. Private family burial under direction of Moles Farewell Tributes will follow, with a public reception at 12:00 noon in the Whatcom Room at Moles Bayview Chapel, 2465 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham 98229.

The family extends their thanks and appreciation to visiting angels for their professional care and commitment to keeping Mary in her home.

Mass of Christian Burial

  • Date & Time: December 16, 2019 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Location: 1110 14th Street Bellingham, WA 98225 - (Get Directions)


  • Date & Time: December 16, 2019 (12:00 PM)
  • Venue: Moles Farewell Tributes - Bayview Chapel
  • Location: 2465 Lakeway Drive Bellingham, WA 98229 - (Get Directions)

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6 responses to Mary Montag

  1. Dearest Mary Margaret,

    We love you and will miss you so much. You’ve been the best neighbor ever and a very good friend. You will always remain in our hearts and our fondest of Edgemoor memories. May you rest in much deserved heavenly peace.

    Love, Mary, Frank, Flannery and Frankie ????

  2. We are so sorry to hear about Mary Margaret. She was always a friendly, cheerful person, and was always very happy and willing to work on any project we had, whether it was a Class Reunion, or helping with a Memorial service for a classmate. We will miss her positive approach to everything she was going through, and we send
    our condolences to Winston, his daughters, and Mary’s extended family…

    Dan and Darla O’Malley

  3. David Crook says:

    Did anyone ever see her without the most loving smile and caring attitude. Having known her in Jr. High and High School, she exhibited the sweetest attitude and cared for others. We lost touch during the adult years but reconnected at occasional class reunions. She left a mark!!!

  4. So sorry to hear this. I last saw her at the BHS 50th reunion and it was fun to catch up. My life took me away from Bellingham so we really saw each other at these reunions. I think of her as a childhood friend. My thoughts are with the family.

    Pennie Lee

  5. An absolutely lovely lady…in all ways. I particularly fondly recall running into her on a transAtlantic flight many years ago and having the best chat catching up!!!

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