Claire Wilkerson Montgomery, 92, passed peacefully at Brookdale Memory Care, Roanoke, on Monday, August 9, 2022.
Born on January 23, 1930, she was the daughter of Lawrence Gilliam Wilkerson, Sr. and Opal Nichols Wilkerson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Radford Carter Montgomery, in 1985 and her son, Wayne Montgomery in 1977.
She is survived by three children: Larry Montgomery (Angel), Ralph Montgomery (Teresa), both of Buchanan, and Debra Laughinghouse (Wyatt) of Morehead City, N.C.; grandchildren: Jennifer Berry (Matt), Daniel McAllister, and Brandon Montgomery; step-grandchildren, Sue Laughinghouse (Brent), Steve Laughinghouse (Amy), Ricky, Manny, Ramon Fernandez; great-grandchildren, Grant and Claire Berry, Carter Montgomery, Dyllan, Dawson and Devin McAllister; step-great-grandchildren: Tika, Elena, Ricco, Alan, Mariah, Angelique; great-great-grandchildren, Emma, Terry and Emma; brother, John Robert Wilkerson (Brenda); last, but not least, is her faithful friend and companion, Marvin (her cat).
Claire was a faithful wife, mother, and grandmother and most well known as “Nannie.” Her family was the love of her life. She was a Girl Scout leader, Red Hat member, American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Buchanan Baptist Church. She enjoyed farm life, canning, and travel especially when flying. She traveled to Australia, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Alaska, Canada and many places in the U.S. Her most fun cruise was with Dr. Charles Stanley.
Services were held in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home on Friday, August 12. Visitation with family was at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11. A graveside service followed in Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan.
A very special thank you to the staff at Brookdale Memory Care, Roanoke; Heartland Hospice, especially Regina (RN); and At-Home Caregivers, especially Lauren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Buchanan Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.botetourtfuneralhome.com.