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Janel R. Montgomery

Janel R. Montgomery

December 5, 1994 - September 11, 2020     Age: 25

Janel Ruth Montgomery, age 25 of Jacksonville, Florida died on Friday, September 11, 2020 at her home.

She was born in Fairhope, Alabama to Pearl Jeanine Martin and John David Montgomery.

Janel grew up in Fernandina Beach, Florida and graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2013 where she was the yearbook editor. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Jacksonville University where she graduated with Honors in 2018.

Janel was an Emergency Room nurse at UF Health Jacksonville, a calling she truly loved. Her family describes her as having a “Nursing Heart”. She was selfless and had a positive effect on all who knew her.

In her spare time, Janel enjoyed being with her family and friends playing board games and making everyone laugh. She loved to travel and Alabama Football. The favorite man in her life was her dog, “Bo”.

She leaves behind her mother, Pearl Jeanine Upchurch and her husband Alan of Mobile, Alabama; her father John David Montgomery of Foley, Alabama; sister, Janna Marie Montgomery of Atlanta, Georgia; brothers, James Montgomery and his fiancée Lauren Yates of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Jason Montgomery and his husband Nathan Garnto of Atlanta, Georgia; grandmother, Bonnie Martin and late grandfather, Jim Martin of Mobile, Alabama; late grandfather, Gene Montgomery of Lillian, Alabama; aunt, Linda Tyre and her husband Allen Tyre, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida; uncle, Daren Montgomery and his wife Brenda of Elberta, Alabama; aunts, Lisa MacGregor and her husband Mark, their children Molly and Collin, both of Elberta, Alabama and cousins, Travis Tyre III and his fiancée Breanna Henry of Tampa, Florida, William Tyre and his wife Ally, Kelly Tyre and West Tyre from Jacksonville, Florida.

Celebration of Life services will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, September 18, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The service can be live streamed via FBFirst.com.

She will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.

24 Condolences

  • Nan Voit Posted September 15, 2020 10:39 am

    What an amazing young woman. She will be missed by all that knew her. So thankful that she is a child of God.

  • Ron Henson Posted September 15, 2020 12:25 pm

    A gifted and compassionate person young lady. Praying for her family and friends to experience God’s comfort and strength in this time of sorrow and grief.

  • Ashley Bushdorf Posted September 15, 2020 3:00 pm

    An absolutely incredible woman! I loved every moment with her and am thankful for the times we shared. Praying for her family and friends in this incredibly hard time.

  • William Watson and Clayton and Collin Posted September 15, 2020 3:34 pm

    She was a blessing to everyone that loved her. Praying for the entire family in these tragic times. Love you all.

  • Casey Maddox Posted September 15, 2020 3:38 pm

    She was a blessing to our family we will miss u and never forget u we love u so much

  • Richard and Bobbi Doggett Posted September 15, 2020 3:44 pm

    We knew her through our daughters, Carly and Kati. She was a beautiful soul, so sweet and kind, whose smile was infectious. Praying for God’s comfort and love in this time of great sorrow.

  • Andrea Koller Posted September 15, 2020 4:40 pm

    She was such a sweet and caring co-worker who the ED will truly miss!

  • Rita Maddox Posted September 15, 2020 4:41 pm

    What a wonderful and beautiful young lady Janel was. She is truly going to be missed. Praying for comfort for the whole family. Until my sweet great neice I will see you in paradise! Love Aunt Rita and Uncle Danny

  • Trenna Metts Posted September 15, 2020 6:27 pm

    I had the honor of meeting Janel at my niece Micaela’s bridal shower in Columbia SC this summer. It only took one time and I was hooked. She lit up the room with her humor, sweet personality and love for my niece. No wonder that Micaela and she had become such good friends so quickly over the past few months. .My prayers and thoughts are with your family. I cannot begin to imagine this journey that you are walking but I do know that the God that I love and serve will walk with you through it. He will not forsake you or leave you. Lean on Him. He is a very big God.

  • Rod and Jo Dean Posted September 15, 2020 6:36 pm

    Even though we did not know her. We know her father. We are praying for the family and here if you need anything. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Agnes Jakes Posted September 15, 2020 7:48 pm

    Janel was one of the sweetest and kindest young lady that I have had the pleasure to know.

  • Danielle Johnson Posted September 15, 2020 9:50 pm

    Janel was one of the very first nursing students I precepted while working at UF, she went to JU like I did, she was always so easy to get a long with, and lightened the mood with her humor. I am devastated to hear this news. She will be dearly missed. My prayers go out to her sweet family.

  • Jessica Fiorelli Posted September 16, 2020 8:58 am

    Janel and I worked at Baptist together as CNAs while she was going through Nursing School. I remember her always being full of life and always making us laugh. Such a sweet and loving soul taken way too soon. Prayers go out to her and here family. I know she made such a positive impact on everyone who crossed her path. Those impacts will still carry on.

  • Rosalind LaVant, Posted September 16, 2020 11:31 am

    Sending you prayers for strength as you find your way through each day.

  • Ginger Parker and Ron Gelinas Posted September 16, 2020 12:26 pm

    Even though we didn’t know Janel. We know and care very much for her Dad. We are sending our heartfelt prayers and praying for strength for you. Although, God has his plans we cannot see it now. We pray to God for his help, guidance, strength and wisdom. Please God, give this family peace, mercy and your love.

  • Sandra Schlademan Posted September 16, 2020 1:56 pm

    So heartbroken about this tragic loss— a beautiful and promising life cut short. Praying for God’s comfort and love to surround my cousin, Jeanine and her family.

  • Angela Gilmore Posted September 16, 2020 3:06 pm

    Such a sweet person enjoyed working with her at Wolfson Children’s Hospital she will truly be missed sending my prayers for family and friends

  • Tiffany Conners Posted September 17, 2020 12:24 am

    Janel was my lab partner in nursing school. She was A very sweet, gentle soul, who cared about the well-being of those around her! She was funny, hardworking, loved her familY, friends, and co-workers, and had zeal for life. She will be missed!

  • Brandi Boudoin Posted September 17, 2020 2:54 pm

    Jason and family – I’m so very sorry for your loss! I’m heartbroken for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kati and Carly Doggett Posted September 17, 2020 5:01 pm

    Janel was one of the sweetest and most genuine people we have ever met. Her smile was the most beautiful and her laugh the most contagious. Her passing has left such a hole in our hearts that we know will never fully be healed, but we are comforted to know that she is with God and in peace. We are praying for and sending all of our love to her family.

  • Melissa McRae Posted September 18, 2020 11:00 am

    Janel was kind, intelligent, compassionate, and funny. She was a nurse’s nurse! Jeanine, I am so sorry for your loss. The bond between you both is everlasting!

  • Katie Skemp Posted September 18, 2020 10:42 pm

    Oh Janel 🥺 Your ShandsFam misses you. I miss you stopping by my office for deep conversations & laughter in the middle of the night. I hope you know how loved you were & still are. I hope your parents know that you were one of our brightest stars. Sending all our love to you & your family … Ms. Katie & DJ

  • Janet Dixon Posted September 20, 2020 5:23 pm

    Sending all our love to your family…she was a beautiful and caring young lady and left a big impact on those she cared for. Prayers for your entire family, love, Janet and Ed Dixon

  • Brian Ross Posted September 21, 2020 9:38 am

    May you Rest In Peace, Janel. I love you and I’ll miss you dearly. Rest easy, my friend.

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