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Bridget Montgomery

Oct. 28, 1938 – Oct. 22, 2021


October 27, 2021

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Bridget Montgomery

Ann Bridget Montgomery, 82, of Sweet Home, passed away Oct. 22, 2021.

Bridget was born in London, England, on Oct. 28, 1938 to Kenneth Wood Barter and Sheila Dorothy Wood.

On July 4, 1940, Sheila and Bridget sailed to Montreal, Canada, from Ireland on a Norwegian liner named "The Monarch of Bermuda". Sheila married Forest Milo Woods Aug. 9, 1943 and Forrest adopted and raised Bridget.

Bridget's life work has been in newspapers throughout Ore-gon and southwest Washington, and 19 years with Oregon School Employees Association as their research analyst.

Bridget loved gardening, singing and travel, and visited nine international countries plus five trips back to England. Her "joy" was choir singing at church and with the Festival Chorale of Oregon, a hundred-voice choir with whom she traveled twice to Europe.

She collected English china tea cups and hundreds of books, as she loved to read and journal. She was involved with multiple organizations and groups too numerous to list. Bridget's motto for her busy life was to "Bloom Where You Are Planted."

Bridget was married to David O. Cooper from December 1956 to September 1975 and had daughters, Cathy, Christy and Cindy. The girls blessed Bridget with seven grandkids, 21 great-grands and two great-great-grands.

Bridget was married to Dean K. Wittwer from August 1984 to his death in June 1993 and gained stepchildren Joe, Lyn, Ann, Mary, Patty and Chris. They blessed her with 25 grandkids, 51 great-grands and eight great-great-grands.

Bridget was married to Dale L. Montgomery from October 2001 to his death in March 2013 and gained stepchildren Annette, Gail, Bruce, Kathy and Melanie. They blessed her with nine grandkids and two great-grands.

Bridget is also survived by her brother, Brian and wife Gail Woods, and brother Bruce and wife Cheryl Woods.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at United Presbyterian Church, 330 SW Fifth Ave., Albany.

A reception will follow the service, which will also be live-steamed at

Memorials: Bridget had no flower preference, just simple bouquets or plants. Or, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the United Presbyterian Church of Albany, Hospice, Makindu or a charity of choice.

In Bridget's final wishes, she wrote: "My life has been very good indeed, full of love and blessed by family, friends and work that I loved."


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