She married Harvey J. Carroll May 21, 1929. Following Harvey’s death in 1942, she married Frank Magera, March 20, 1948. During the early years, she worked as a cook at the Snowshoe, Midas, and Branigan mines. Through her work experience, Montie developed extraordinary cooking skills, making everything from scratch for her family and friends. She once wrote “life experiences and the depression years taught me to be physically and mentally strong, conservative, and frugal. Always put something away for a rainy day.” Montie was a strong, hardworking person who always had a positive attitude in life and towards others, putting them before herself. She was very thrifty, saving things, passing things on, and generously giving to others.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Harvey J. Carroll and Frank Magera; brothers, Herman, Samuel, and Calton (Dick) Smith; and sisters, Daphne Delaney, Geraldine Nixon Hall, Lona McCallum, and Dorothy Jacobsen.
She is survived by sons; Delvan and Harvey G. Carroll; daughters, Glenda Peterson and Naine Van Helden; grandchildren, Bob and Steve Peterson, Lisa and Pat Carroll, Stephanie Timlick, Lindsey Erickson, and Luke Van Helden, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Palchak and the staff at the Bratsberg wing for the wonderful care they have provided our mother.
Cremation has taken place. At Montie’s request, no service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Communities. Arrangements are planned by BHFCC.