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Ann Marie (Cusick) Montgomery

November 10, 1955 ~ December 7, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Ann Marie Montgomery Obituary



  Rev. Dr. Ann Marie Montgomery, 68, died in Toledo, OH on December 7, 2023. She was born at a US Navy hospital in Coco Solo, Panama on November 10, 1955, to William and Martha Neel Knox Cusick. She moved from base to base and settled in Charlotte, NC, where she graduated from West Mecklenburg High School in 1973. She was a gentle yet profound leader with the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Western Carolina University, where she met David Montgomery. She graduated in 1977, with a B.S. in Education. She and David were married on February 2, 1980, and by 1990, they had three sons.


Ann Marie was a joy, a comfort, and a light for all who knew her. She radiated that light through her love of music, a good book, dancing, toasting the sunset, and rollercoasters. She loved new adventures, but refused to be the first off the diving board. She listened with deep compassion and always had time to visit. She was a spiritual mentor not only for her parishioners but also for pastors. She held regular sabbath retreats with church groups, her girlfriends, or by herself as an intentional practice to slow down, reflect, and just be. She shared her creative talent through making art with watercolors, tiles, and found objects and innovating spiritual practice through humor and song, light, and water. She was her most authentic self as Gigi and showered her grandchildren with smiles, hugs, and “I love you presents.”


Ann Marie had a quiet, but determined faith, and her working life was grounded in service to others. In her work with women in ministry, college students and lay pastors she was a pioneer, although she would never claim that label. In North Carolina, she supported the transition of at-risk youth back into mainstream schools. She received her Master of Divinity in 1993 from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she also established a childcare center. She expanded a tutoring program in Texas. She reignited the community vacation bible school in Murray, Kentucky. She earned her Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Georgia in 2006. Ann Marie shepherded churches throughout Western Kentucky and Maumee Valley Presbyteries in transitional ministry, and found her rich calling at Cadmus Presbyterian Church. We thank God for Ann Marie’s gentle nudges toward spiritual wholeness, healing, and health.


Ann Marie’s light is carried on by her husband, Rev. David M. Montgomery; sons, Michael (Sarah Grace), Philip (Gulmira) and Stephen (Genevieve); grandchildren, Margaret Grace, Owen Franklin, and Emilia Rozamarie; siblings, Mary Francis “Franny” Moss, William “Billy” Milliken and Diane Milliken Bookman; dear friend, Carolyn Cole; nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephew, siblings-in-law; and the many more relatives and close friends she loved like family.


Her ashes will be spread beneath trees and by streams in western North Carolina, western Kentucky, and the fields of southeast Michigan. Visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2024, from 2-4pm at Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo, Ohio. A celebration of life will be held January 6 at 11am (ET) at Cadmus Presbyterian Church in Adrian, Michigan with the Rev. Cathy Johnson-Paine officiating. The family invites memorials to be sent to Cadmus Presbyterian Church (6838 W Cadmus Rd, Adrian, MI 49221); First Presbyterian Church, Murray, KY; or NW Hospice of Ohio.










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Celebration of Life
January 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Cadmus Presbyterian Church (Michigan)


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