JoAnn Bowen Montague

JoAnn Bowen Montague, 91, passed peacefully away Dec. 3, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. JoAnn was born Oct. 13, 1921, to Everett and Georgia Bowen. She grew up on her family's homestead in New Liberty, Colo. She met and married Hal "Montie" Montague (U.S. Air Force Col. Ret.) in 1942 in Denver, Colo., after knowing him only three months. They were married for 66 years, until his death in 2008. JoAnn and Montie lived in more than a dozen states, including Hawaii and Guam.

JoAnn was proud of her academic career. She started school in a one-room schoolhouse in western Colorado and received an associate degree from Mesa College in Grand Junction in 1939. She returned to school in 1960 at Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Science, and continued her education earning a Master of Science degree in 1972 from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in 1979 from Saint Louis University with a dissertation on Opsimathy, or acquiring an education late in life.

She served as the registrar for McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., and as the Academic Dean for Off-Campus Programs for McKendree in Louisville, Ky. In retirement, JoAnn and Montie taught graduate classes for Webster University in Bermuda, Iceland, and Indiana.

The Montagues moved to Destin, Fla., in 1998 and to Tallahassee, Fla., in 2009, to be near family.

JoAnn is survived by a daughter, Judee Pouncey, and granddaughter, Alexis Gaston, all of Tallahassee; great-grandson Carlos Gaston, of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Charles Cogswell, and great-grandsons, Reese and Miles Cogswell, all of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Susan Youngblood and husband, Andrew, of La Grande, Ore.; granddaughter, Beth Youngblood of Tempe, Ariz.; and grandson, Bern Youngblood of Minneapolis, Minn.

JoAnn and her husband had been active members of the Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Santa Rosa Beach Community Church, P.O. Box 1723, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32309, or Unity of Albany, P.O. Box 71833, Albany, GA 31708.

A memorial service is to be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Maguire Center at Westminster Oaks, off Meandering Way in Tallahassee, Fla.