It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our loving mother, Virginia Mae Montgomery Stallings, in the early hours of October 21, 2021. She was born in Greenville, AL, on November 4, 1940 and lived her life in Alabama and Missouri.
Virginia was a graduate of the University of Alabama. She loved Alabama Football (Roll Tide!) Virginia taught High School English for almost 40 years, primarily for Bayside Academy in Daphne, AL, and Greenville High School in Greenville, AL. Educating and inspiring her students wasn’t just a job, it was her passion. She loved to inspire and captivate young imaginations. She loved the English language as well as History; traveling to many of the places she read about and studied. She helped struggling students with their SAT’s. She opened her home to exchange students from around the world. Virginia was twice named a finalist for the State of Alabama Teacher of the Year.
She never met a stranger and anywhere she went, someone always knew her. Anyone could tell you her favorite word was “Peace”. Instead of simply saying hello or good-bye, she would throw up her hand and fingers in the form of a “V”, smile and say “Peace!”. The way she touched everyone’s life was magical. The world will be a lot less bright without her in it.
Virginia is survived by her three children, Kendall Wiggins, Shannon Stallings and Mark Stallings; her grandchildren, Alex Wiggins, Bailey Pardee, Ben Ivie and Ethan Stallings; and her great grandchildren, Avery and Lyrik; as well as her brother, William E. Montgomery, Jr.
She is predeceased by her parents, William Elbert Montgomery and Helen Shirley Montgomery, and sister, Shirley Jean Johnson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 404 Regent Avenue, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024. Due to Covid, the family requests all attending guests wear masks and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to “Doctors Without Borders”.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
God bless all you her children in this difficult time. I remember all of you fondly. You welcomed a weird kid from Utah for his one wonderful year at Bayside. Mrs. Stallings was so great. Such a wonderful person and a wonderful teacher. I sill remember a little of the Canterbury tales! I also remember the spark in her eyes and humor in her voice as she described our winless basketball team as “unparalleled.” I smile each time I remember that.
Tim Yahr – Christ has died Christ is risen Christ will come again
My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Virginia was one of the kindest people I ever met in my life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Charlene G Brunner