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Lajuana Carole Montgomery, 77, passed away Friday Nov. 30, 2012, at Parkview Nursing Home in Big Spring.
Lajuana was born Feb. 7, 1935, to Alton Thomas Jackson and Christine Ida Meil Jackson in Stamford, Texas. She was raised in Stamford with her sister, Devon and brother, Nickey. She married James Elwood Montgomery Sept. 26, 1955 in Stamford. They made Odessa their home, where she remained until July 2011 when she moved to Big Spring. Elwood preceded her in death Feb. 11, 1997. They raised two children whom she truly loved, Sharon Kay Thomas Fletcher and Leslie Neal Montgomery.
Lajuana was a cashier for Furrs Grocery in the late 1950s. Lajuana helped open Michaelâ€™s Arts and Crafts in Odessa in 1984, where she worked as a cashier until 2007. She enjoyed her co-workers and customers. She was often referred to in town by her customers as the Michaelâ€™s Lady.
Lajuanaâ€™s favorite hobbies were playing bingo and the lottery. She was a true Elvis Presley fan. She saw Elvis in concert several times in West Texas. One of her favorite trips was when she toured Graceland with Sharon and her grandson, Richard.
Lajuana is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elwood; her sisters, Mae Mallory Jackson and Devon Jackson Haught; and her beloved granddaughter, Carol Fletcher.
Lajuana is survived by her daughter, Sharon Thomas Fletcher and her husband, Jim of Odessa; her son, Les Montgomery and his wife, Nova of Big Spring; her grandson, Richard Fletcher and his wife, Ingrid of Round Rock; her granddaughters, Shelbi and Austyn Montgomery; her great-granddaughters, Jules Fletcher and Peyton Fletcher; her great-grandson, Matthew Fletcher; her brother, Nickey Jackson and his wife, Audy of Forney; her sister at heart, Barbra Thorn Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com