Eleanor Massie Montague
Eleanor Massie Montague
  • March 30, 1932 - September 29, 2017
  • Thonotosassa, Florida

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Ellie passed from this life at the age of 85 years on Friday, September 29, 2017, in Thonotosassa, FL, with family by her side. On August 4, 1950, she married Colonel Jack H. Montague, who preceded her in March, 2013. They were married almost 63 years. She is survived by one of her three siblings, Eugene Massie (Thelma); three children, Barbara M. Gil, john H. Montague, David M. Montague (Charla); 7 grandchildren, Chris Gil, Julie Smith, Tiffany Simmons, Spencer Montague, Clayton Montague, Kayla Mims, and KayDee Smith; 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Ellie was born on March 30, 1932, in Christian County, KY. She traveled the world with her husband, living in many places over the 30 years of his military career before settling in Tampa. She was an environmental activist for over 47 years, to preserve the trees waterways of her City. While she made many friends and allies in her local government, she also had many opponents; but all respected and admired her dedication to Tampa and its environment. The City of Tampa had a dedication ceremony, naming the lake in front of her house on West Shore Blvd. “Ellie’s Lake Kipling.” This was in part due to her, “You dump it, you pump it” slogan and to honor her lifelong efforts at preserving Tampa Bay’s natural beauty. She was active in New Tampan Grads, Ladies in Blue, MacDill Officer’s Wives Club, Beta Sigma Phi, Sunset Park Homeowners Association, was a choir member at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, taught guitar to adults and children and entertained at schools and nursing homes. She received many awards, among them, MacDill Military Wife of the Year and National Military Wife of the Year (1972). She owned and operated Ellis’s Decorating Service for 32 years and sold Park Lane Jewelry. She was a member of the Tampa Yacht Club for many years, was an avid bridge player and directed many bridge groups. She was a Sunset Park Garden Club member, enjoyed fishing and traveling the globe with her beloved husband, Jack. She was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother. She will be sorely missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W. San Jose St., Tampa, FL 33629, with a private burial later at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513.

Funeral arrangements by Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33609.

Please visit her website at blountcurrymacdill.com