At the 2017 Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, Ms. Jeanning Montgomerie was crowned Queen.
Jeannine and her husband, Chuck, have been married for 43 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren. She is inspired every day by their love and encouragement.
She was born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, on December 29, 1952, and grew up in a traditional family with one older brother. Her father was an elementary school principal and her mother was a homemaker. Jeannine's mother is 101 years old, and still lives on the street where Jeannine grew up.
Jeannine started taking voice lessons and performing in recitals when she was 9 years old, and in high school was a member of the Madrigal choir and performed in community theater musicals. She has sung in church choirs, cantored, and directed choirs over the years.
After graduation from high school, she completed a dental assisting program at her local community college and worked in a pediatric dental office. She managed the office and provided specialized therapy to children with swallowing disorders. After marrying her husband, Chuck in 1974, they had their four children.
Jeannine has been involved in her church community, and through it her growth and development as a leader blossomed when she headed-up a 3-year spiritual renewal program at her 1000-family parish.
After working part time in the Activities Department at a nursing home, the administrator gave her an offer to receive the first-ever full nursing scholarship awarded by that corporation. Two years later, she graduated as a registered nurse. Within 3 years of becoming a registered nurse, she was promoted to Director of Nursing, and 3 years later became a Regional Nurse.
While following her career, she still found time to support her children in sports, speech competitions and theater performances. She and her husband remained active in their church and became part of a prison ministry group.
After her children married and began having children, Jeannine worked at the County Health Department and then at a multidiscipline medical clinic. She said the job change allowed her more time to focus on social issues in the community. Years in long term care nursing took its physical toll, and she had two back surgeries by 2006, after which she did not return to work but rather took the opportunity to devote herself to community service. She started an outreach ministry in 2007, dedicated to serving the poor in Appalachia and her community.
She says her grandchildren, family gatherings and camping trips are special memories of the past 20 years.
She and her husband moved to Colorado in 2015 to be close to two of their daughters, their husbands and six grandchildren here. Jeannine says that they had no idea what delightful experiences lay ahead each day. She says that making new friends and exploring this beautiful state underscore that one is never too old for something new!
Jeannine remains dedicated and committed to her community, and is currently the President of the Heather Gardens Optimist Club, and a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association.
Congratulations to Jeannine Montgomerie, the 2017 Ms. Colorado Senior America.