Montie Sue Donegan Field left this life on March 14, 2022 to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and to be reunited with her beloved husband, Jim. Even to the end, Montie displayed her caring and generous nature, unshakable optimism, and genuine love for people endearing her to all.
Montie was born on September 18, 1937 to Clint and Hallie Donegan in Dickson, Tennessee where she lived her entire life. She had a wonderful childhood growing up on the banks of the Piney River and graduated from Dickson High School, Class of 1956. She married her one and only sweetheart, Jim Field, and they enjoyed 54 years of marriage. She loved the life they made together on their farm and being a stay at home mom to their two daughters. Later in life she embarked on a career in administration at the Dickson County Nursing Home. She found a true calling in working there combining her love of people with her desire to always be of service and help others.
She possessed an abundance of love in her heart and shared that love in many ways, most notably in her love for her family, especially her grandchildren. Her “five grands” as she called them provided much joy in her life, and “Nana” as they called her, enriched their lives beyond measure. The best times were enjoying her “grands” while vacationing at her treasured Panama City Beach or “Ocean Beach” as they called it. There were many happy weeks in July spent at Nana’s and Papa’s place on Front Beach Road. Her five grands along with everyone who knew Montie were lucky recipients of yet another way she expressed her love – the results of her talent in the kitchen. She was an exceptional cook – southern to the core. She will be forever remembered for her delicious food: Thanksgiving meals – especially her dressing, peanut brittle, nuts and bolts (both kinds), fruitcake cookies, big country breakfasts, banana and brown bread, coconut cake, banana pudding, and her pies – especially pecan pie. Known also for her beautiful soprano voice, Montie loved music. She loved all genres noting her last concert was Trans-Siberian Orchestra a few years ago. She loved to read a good book. She loved to sit on her front porch with a cup of coffee and focus on the present with whomever was there with her.
Montie was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her parents, Clint and Hallie Donegan, sister Nancy Petty, and son-in-law, Dr. Joe W. Black, III with whom she enjoyed a special relationship.
Montie Sue, as she was often called, is survived by her daughters, Dr. Monica Black of Knoxville, Tennessee and Sherry Green (Ron) of Kingston, Tennessee. She leaves behind her “five grands” – Laurel Sue Black, Joseph Black (Katie), Grace Black Woodie (Eric) all of Knoxville, Lyndsey Green Thornton (Clayton) of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and Tyler Green of London, Kentucky. She is also survived by two great-grandsons, Robin and Jameson, with another one on the way. Jameson always brought a smile to her face with his dimples and sweet smile. Robin loved his Nana dearly and always asked to “pack my suitcase and go to Nana’s house.” Additionally, Montie is survived by a number of nieces and nephews, extended family, and precious friends.
Montie was the kind of person who left her mark wherever she went and touched a lot of lives. She valued each individual who entered her life. She cherished her 60 year friendship with the Fuson family – beginning with Jim and Tom meeting in the Dickson Rotary Club, growing to include Montie’s and Carol’s friendship, and continuing to the present multi-generational friendships between the families. She especially valued her friendships with Carolyn and Allene. Lisa, Scott, and Rachel were also dear friends. Her high school classmates held a special place in her heart, and she greatly missed those friends who went before her.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all who helped care for Montie. To Dr. Saji Eapen, your time with her was brief, but you made a lasting impression on her with your example of compassion. To everyone at Sacred Ground Hospice House, the work you do is a true ministry, and you provided a loving and peaceful environment for her last days. We will always be grateful for the “Angels” who became a part of her life while she was there. To her nephew, Bob, it meant the world to her that you continued your regular visits even after Jim’s passing. She thought of you as a son.
A Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 10:30 AM in the chapel at Spann Funeral Home, Dickson, Tennessee. There will be a time of informal visitation after the service with interment to follow at Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of two organizations: Dickson County Public Library (303 Henslee Drive, Dickson, TN 37055) in memory of Montie and her love of reading or to the non-profit Sacred Ground Hospice House (www.sacredgroundhospicehouse.com) as Montie greatly appreciated the care she received there.