Sunday, January 25, 2004

Faith Matters

Good things happening

Bob and Wilma Montgomery
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LATONIA, Ky. - Bob and Wilma Montgomery have spent more than half of their 75 and 73 years in this world helping others at the same church.

Today that church, Calvary Baptist Church, 3711 Tibbatts St., Latonia, will honor them at 6 p.m. for 45 years of service - much of it ministering to the elderly.

"We've just done what we feel like we should do, and we don't feel it's something we need recognition for. It's just what the Lord called us to do," Wilma said.

The two have been married 53 years and have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They first came to Latonia when Bob became music minister at the church. But the church's strong ministry in rest homes led the couple to visiting the elderly.

That became their full-time ministry, running the Young at Heart program for the church, which draws anywhere from 66 to 250 for monthly meetings and trips.

The first Young at Heart meeting of the year for the church will be March 2 at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. For information, call the church at (859) 491-1955.

"It has been a joy. We love working with older people," Bob said.

And even though he's officially retired, he and his wife continue to visit hospitals and rest homes once a week.

"We try to meet their needs, and one of those needs is to just have someone to sit and talk with about their lives," Wilma said.

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