10 years ago

ashley“Would one of you be available around 2:30 to witness a signing of some legal papers for us?” was the sweet plea from this pretty green-eyed neighbor as she poked her head into our office. And, often, this is our typical encounter with her. But, occasionally, she will linger to visit, which is always a delight!

This lovely lady spent all of her primary years here in Panhandle among most of her father’s family. When she was a sophomore in high school, her family moved to Happy, where she graduated in 2002. She continued her education at West Texas A&M University.

Driving to and from work at Happy State Bank, she kept her radio station on FM 96.9, which used to be her favorite country music station. She was secretly in love with the deejay, Les! Imagine her thrill and delight when, as a Crime Stoppers board member, she went to a meeting and found that he, too, was also on the board! She said, “He was like a rock star!”

However, she didn’t actually talk to him until one of Panhandle’s Fourth of July Celebrations downtown. It was 2007, and they really hit it off. Later, that same year, they married. They lived in Amarillo until about four years ago, when they decided to make Panhandle their home.

This devoted wife is also a doting mother of two; a son, Moses, who is going into fifth grade and a daughter, Emma, who will start first grade this year.

When she is not working, she loves to read, mostly Christian devotionals, but she and Moses also get into the Percy Jackson (young adult fiction) books together. She enjoys Christian music and, still, some country, she admits. Old habits die hard.

You might catch her out and about with her favorite gal-pal, 6-year-old Emma. She says, “She keeps me on my toes.”

Playing Clash of Clans (a phone game) with her family is another favorite pastime. Their clan name is “Howling Cactus.” She loves college football, but enjoys watching most any sport on T.V. with her husband and kids.

This delightful lady is a member of The River Church and has worked as a secretary for Inda Crawford for three years. With her sweet nature and calm, cool disposition, this is one gal you’ll want to know! Panhandle, meet The Herald’s “literal” neighbor five days a week! Meet Ashley Montgomery!