March 11, 1922 - December 6, 2017

Luella Montagne, age 95, passed away peacefully December 6, 2017 at home in Medford surrounded by her husband and their children. Born March 11, 1922 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Lou was one of seven children of Albert and Laura (Thibert) Rousseau. At age 19, she met her future husband, Edward Montagne of Detroit, Michigan, while attending the University of Detroit. Lou was spirited and intrepid by nature. Upon learning that Ed, a Marine Corps aviator, was to be sent overseas, she traveled alone by train to La Jolla, California, to marry him September 23, 1942. They lived and raised their family in Santa Barbara, Whittier, and Palos Verdes, Calif.; Terre Haute, Indiana; and Decatur, Illinois. They retired to Ashland in 1984.

Lou dived into the life of Ashland, becoming a committed member of the YMCA, a weekly visitor to the Ashland Library, and an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church. She was deeply spiritual and served there for many years as Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and host of the RCIA. Lou and Ed also extended hospitality to the Dominican clergy serving the parish, and ministered to the sick and homebound. She and Ed were seen walking all over town, greeting those who crossed their path.

Lou and Ed fell in love with the Oregon coast, especially Yachats, and spent memorable days walking the beaches and enjoying the sunsets. Lou had a lifelong love of gardening, Mexican cooking, and crossword puzzles. She was a master at Bananagrams, an avid reader, and a lover of language. Wise and intuitive, she devoted her life to her family, creating rich, loving relationships with each of them, down to the youngest toddler.

She is survived by her husband of 75 years and four of their five children, Suzanne Duncan (John), Claudia Montagne, David Montagne (Michele), and Paul Montagne (Kim); nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Camilla Vallance. She was preceded in death by her fourth child, Mark Montagne (Cathy).

The family is indebted to the staff of Avamere Assisted Living and Providence Hospice for the tender, compassionate care showered upon Lou and Ed.

We will honor Lou’s memory at a Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. December 21, 2017, at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, followed by a reception. She will be buried at 3 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice through Providence Community Health Foundation, or your favorite charity.