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Mary Sue Montgomery

Mary Sue Montgomery, 63, died January 14, 2023, at her home in Bismarck after a long battle with cancer.

Known as Sue by family and friends, she was born in Carrington, ND, on July 11, 1959, to Robert and Carol Montgomery, who farmed and ranched for many years west of Carrington. Sue graduated from Carrington High School in 1977, and she remained in Carrington for several years after high school to continue farming.

Sue loved many things about life in the country—time outside, anything and everything related to gardening and growing things, and time spent caring for and working with animals. In the many photographs from Sue’s childhood, she is riding horses, leading horses, playing with dogs, playing with cats, or cuddling armfuls of kittens. She would tell funny stories about her efforts to make up to wild farm cats and the many scratches that resulted.

Sue was especially connected to horses and to dogs, both of which were in abundance in her life. Sue was a natural with horses, and she was a patient teacher of her younger siblings and friends who wanted to spend time riding during long summer days in the country. She shared lots of memories of favorite horses—Dusty, Ginger, Honda, Racer, George, and others—and leisurely evening rides down dirt-packed prairie roads, through still-golden cut hay fields, or to her grandparents’ farm nearby. And there was the occasional longer ride to places like Dover Dam, which always seemed like special adventures in the company of friends and family.

Sue lived and worked in Carrington and the surrounding area in her young adulthood, and she also lived in Grand Forks, Minot, and Bismarck/Mandan while working in retail and light-industrial jobs. She found Bismarck/Mandan to be an especially good fit. She enjoyed her friends there, and she was able to get multiple community-garden plots near her home in Mandan. With her gardening, Sue wasn’t fixated on the bounty of harvests but more so on the pleasure and skill of growing and tending plants and keeping them thriving amidst difficult conditions. Gardening—and even planning for gardens–for Sue was joy throughout her life.

Sue had been living in Bismarck/Mandan for nearly two decades when she received a cancer diagnosis. Sue endured two years of grueling treatments to slow the progression, and she was especially courageous to undertake non-stop medical appointments during the isolation of the pandemic and the sudden and devastating loss of her beloved brother Lee in the fall of 2021. After an especially difficult series of health setbacks in the late fall, Sue chose hospice care in November of 2022.

Her family and friends will remember Sue’s quick warm smile, her generous nature and willingness to help, her love of gardening and compassion for animals, her courage in the face of illness, her red hair and fair complexion that required hats and long sleeves in the North Dakota summer sun, her love of German’s Chocolate Cake for her birthdays, and her pleasure in playing bingo and spending time out with friends.

Sue is survived by sisters Ann Montgomery (Flagstaff, AZ) and Jennifer Montgomery (Frank Cummings; Salisbury, NH), brother Ron Montgomery (Fargo), niece Brooke (Craig) Roth (Los Angeles, CA), and grandnephews Hudson and Becker. Sue was preceded in death by her mother Carol and father Robert; brothers Richard, Jim, Scott, and Lee; sister Kay; and grandparents Lewis and Gerda Mills and David and Ardell Montgomery.



Sue’s Visitation will be Wednesday, from 11:30AM-12:30PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

A Private Graveside Service will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry for your loss. Sue was an amazing person. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Roger and Linda

  2. Sue was always such a kind gentle soul. Sending thoughts and prayers. ❤️🙏🏻

  3. I am so saddened to see this. My heart goes out to you, I am deeply sorry for your loss.
    Sue and I shared many happy and fun times while in school. She was always big hearted, kind and generous. Wishing you peace and comfort now and always.

  4. Sue was such a kind and gentle soul. Sympathies and prayers to you at this time of loss.

  5. Sue was a great friend. Her and I talked alot. She never once said of her cancer. What a strong and gentle person. Rip my dear friend. Until we meet again. Love you.

  6. I know Sue is dancing in the sky
    I know she’s singing in the angels choir

  7. To Sue’s family, I was saddened to hear of Sue’s passing. I was not aware of her illness.
    Sue was one of my first friends, living close and growing up together. Our families were close and used to get together and I have fond memories of those good times. We graduated from high school together riding the school bus each day. Another classmate that will be missed.
    Rest in peace, old friend.

  8. I am missing my good friend. Will miss her laugh. Love you Sue

  9. So sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. When she lived in Carrington she was on my bowling team, such a nice quiet person. I remember her love of Bruce Springteen! Great memories!

  10. She had such a huge heart. So so sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest sympathy.

  11. Sue was so kind and had such a great laugh. My condolences to her family and dear friends. I know she will be missed.

  12. Blessed to have gotten to know Sue, and blessed to call the Montgomery family my friends.

  13. There is joy in the presence of angels. Your sister is now experiencing that joy.


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