of Little Rock, AR
December 21, 1951 - March 17, 2023
Karen Montana, 71, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord March 17, 2023. She was born December 21, 1951 in Cambridge, Massachusetts to Kenneth and Florence MacMillan. Karen met her husband, John, on a blind date while he was serving in the Navy and stationed in Boston, Massachusetts. They were married March 24, 1973. After marriage they relocated to John's hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi. In 1989 after several moves across the south, they settled in Little Rock, Arkansas. Karen worked in banking until her retirement in 2013.Karen found purpose and fulfillment serving her church, St. Mark's Episcopal, in many different facets. She was a member of The Daughters of the King, Community of Hope and Education for Ministry, just to name few. She also served as a facilitator for Walking the Mourners Path. If there was a need, she was grateful to serve. When not serving her church, her greatest joy in life was being a Nana to her grandchildren. Karen also enjoyed her weekly Mahjong group.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Montana and her son, Jeremy Montana. Karen leaves one daughter, Laurie Burgess (Michael) and grandchildren, AJ Bohannon, Everett Burgess, Hayley Burgess and Kate Burgess.A Celebration of Life will be held 10:00 am Friday, March 31, 2023 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 N Mississippi St., Little Rock, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRAFoundation.org) or the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Foundation.
Oh I loved this ladies friendship from the moment I met her. Iâ€™ll always cherish all the laughs and cries we shared. I always knew if she needed me Iâ€™d be there and do whatever she needed of me. Iâ€™ll see her one day when I get to heaven and continue our laughs. God Bless her family.
We had many good weekends with John and Karen while attending swim meets. They were a fun and dedicated couple and will be remembered fondly.Sadly we have to miss the service but Eimear plans to be there, will be with you in spirit though Laurie!!Rest in peace John and Karen ðŸ™ðŸ™ðŸ™
Your mom was a sweet lady. Prayers to you and your family.
I got the joy of working with Karen, and Laurie many years at several locations banking. I will always remember the laughter she always had follow her. She was one of a kind and an amazing lady. Prayers for peace for her loving family.
We send our prayers and love to your whole family for peace and comfort.
Karen and John were longtime friends who always made us feel welcome and just a pleasure to be around. She will be missed by all, and she lives on through her wonderful family.