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1916 - 2012


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Janie Marmon (Heimer) Montgomery, 96, a lifelong resident of San Antonio, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, December 10, 2012. She was born June 30, 1916, in Bexar County, Texas. Her life began as the daughter of Agnes and William Marmon, dairy farmers in the Coker Community, in north Bexar County. She was a direct descendant of Joseph Coker, the brother of John "Jack" Coker, a man Texas remembers for his service and heroism in the battle of San Jacinto.

Celebrated as a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and member of the community (not to mention being known for her phenomenal storytelling), she will also be remembered for her extraordinary understanding of animals. She spent her life observing and caring for them with compassion, all the while respecting their natural instincts and teaching others how to do the same. She took in countless animals throughout her years, many homeless or orphaned, to include deer, raccoons, ducks, cows, chickens, donkeys, geese, dogs, horses, cats, and even a opossum.

Janie is predeceased by her first husband, Herbert F. Heimer, her second husband, Marshall Montgomery; her son, Herbert T. Heimer; her granddaughter, Kay E. Ohlenbusch; her sister, Leona Monken; and her brother, Thomas C. Marmon. Additionally, she meets dozens of her animal companions, to include Tinker Bell, Beanie, Little, Zipper, Pooh, and Mighty Dog, at the "Rainbow Bridge."

Janie is survived by daughter Virginia Heimer Ohlenbusch, with her friend Ray Watson of San Antonio; and daughter Helen Heimer Theis of Spicewood, Texas. Her grandsons include Kenneth Schwartz of Fredericksburg; Brian Theis of New York City; and Carl Ohlenbusch, with wife Norma, of San Antonio. Her granddaughters are Linda Friedman, with husband Harlan, of Houston; Katherine Flint of Spicewood; and Nancy Ohlenbusch of San Antonio. Janie has four greatgrandchildren: Page and Joseph Flint, and Maggie and Clara Ohlenbusch.

A graveside service to celebrate Janie's life will be held on Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at the Coker Cemetery on 231 E. North Loop Road, San Antonio, 78216, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Published in the San Antonio Express-News on December 18, 2012.

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