M. Montague, 73, homemaker, seamstress

July 31, 1996|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Mary Montague: In the obituary for Mary Montague in yesterday's editions of The Sun, a son, Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr. of Baltimore City, was incorrectly identified as a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

The Sun regrets the error.

Mary Montague never had a formal college education or worked a high-pressure white-collar job. She had what she considered a more important, higher-profile profession: she was a mother and homemaker.

She considered it her duty to make sure her eight children were educated and employable as adults. Her mission was to ensure their home was comfortable and safe. Her deed was to be a confidante to her family, and often to their friends.


And the small, soft-spoken woman with an easy smile and inviting eyes fulfilled her obligations well. "She was always there for her family and anybody else," said her son, former Del. Kenneth C. Montague Jr. of Baltimore. "People knew how understanding she was and she always made everyone feel welcome."

Mrs. Montague, who was 73, died Thursday at St. Agnes Hospital of kidney failure. She was known for the family gatherings held at her Baltimore residence years ago when her children were young, and later at her home in Elkridge.

"She was just a warm person to be around," said her daughter, Deborah Jones of Baltimore. "She had a way of making everybody comfortable. After a few minutes of being around her, people felt relaxed."

Born in Elkridge, Mrs. Montague was raised in Owings Mills and Baltimore. She graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1940. The former Mary Ferron married Kenneth C. Montague Sr. in 1942; he died last year.

Mrs. Montague enjoyed quilting and sewing, and worked at times for London Fog and Misty Harbor as a seamstress. She also was a seamstress for the Maryland Workshop for the Blind.

Mr. Montague said his mother had a keen intellect.

"She was one of the brightest people I have ever known," he said. "She knew a lot about all current events. I was amazed because her work was a blue-collar career."

Most relatives and friends recalled how she tried to brighten the lives of everyone she met.

Several years ago, while receiving dialysis twice a week at Catonsville Dialysis Center, she noticed the gloom among patients and staff during the holidays.

"So she brought in little gifts for the staff and other patients," her daughter said. "It just kind of brightened up the atmosphere."

Holiday gift-giving continues as a yearly tradition at the center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, 5976 Old Washington Road in Elkridge.

She is survived by four other sons, Bruce Montague of Baltimore, Michael Montague of Columbia, Kirk Montague of Randallstown and Eric Montague of Oakland, Calif.; two other daughters, Janice Jackson of Baltimore and Ava Montague of Woodlawn; four brothers, Donald Ferron and Ernest Ferron, both of Elkridge, Alfred Ferron of Chicago and John Ferron of Baltimore; and 12 grandchildren.

Martin T. Hughes,69, a Pasadena resident who founded Stone Steel Corp. in Curtis Bay in 1971, died of an undisclosed illness July 7 at his summer home in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Services for the native of Brooklyn, N.Y., were held July 18.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ginger Lawless; a son, Martin T. Hughes Jr. of Alexandria, Va.; six daughters, Susan Murphy of Center Harbor, N.H., Bonnie Hughes of Jamaica, Debbie Olving of Alexandria, Va., Carolyn Hughes of Woodbridge, Va., Nora Lee Buchmiller of Garden Grove, Calif., and Mary Ann Kennedy of Needham, Mass.; a brother, the Rev. Gene Hughes of Atlanta; a sister, Joan Cottrell of Phoenix, Ariz.; six stepsons; a stepdaughter; five grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

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Pub Date: 7/31/96

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