Katherine Lois Homer: 1914-2004


Former Routt County resident Katherine Lois Homer passed away Oct. 14, 2004, at her home in Grand Junction. She was 89.

Katherine was born Nov. 3, 1914, in Manhattan, Kan., to Floyd and Emma Presse Carnahan. She was the first of six children, all of whom preceded her in death.

The Carnahan family moved to Colorado in 1918 and settled on a ranch in Egeria Park, west of Toponas. The ranch is still in the Carnahan family.

Katherine attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse on Egeria Creek. She walked, skied and rode horseback to school. She attended high school in Yampa, where she played on the girls basketball team. She graduated from high school in 1931.

After graduation Katherine went to New York City with family friends to work for the winter.

She married Joe Montgomery on Nov. 24, 1937, in Yampa, where they later celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Katherine was an outstanding seamstress and taught many girls to sew during her time as a 4-H leader. Her hobbies included quilting, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and reading. Katherine also liked to fish. Two of her favorite places were Mandall Lakes and Trappers Lake.

After they retired from the Montgomery General Store, Joe and Katherine traveled to the southwestern states during the winter. After a few years, they made a winter home in Overton, Nev. They returned to Yampa during the summers.

Joe passed away Oct. 28, 1987, and Katherine continued to travel to Overton for the winters.

She met Russell Homer in Overton, and they married Dec. 17, 1990, in Las Vegas. They moved to Grand Junction in the fall of 1999.

Katherine is survived by her husband, Russell; two sons, Floyd Montgomery and his wife, Treba, of Yampa, Ken Montgomery and his wife, Cindy, of Yampa; a daughter, Jo Ann Olson, and her husband, Norm, of Grand Junction; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held in Yampa on Oct. 23, 2004. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yampa Museum or Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.


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