Jillian Ann Montgomery, 26, of Tuscaloosa, AL, was killed Thursday, January 15, 2015 in a car accident.
Born on August 25, 1988 to parents Jim and Carla Montgomery, also of Tuscaloosa, Jillian was a natural-born scholar. Her passion for biology and zoology became clear at a young age when she began an impressive bug collection that soon evolved into aquariums, aviaries, and weekly zoo visits. She found the sciences and animals equally captivating, and split her time between labs and volunteering at the Humane Society.
Jillian received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from the University of Alabama. She was working toward a doctorate program in animal behavior. The program also introduced her to Tim Hartwell, a fellow student who worked up the courage to request her as a lab partner in the first week, and who asked her to marry him nine months later.
Jillian loved her work, her friends, and her family. She is survived by her fiancé Tim; her parents, Jim and Carla; her paternal grandparents, Nick and Cassandra Montgomery; her maternal grandmother, Marie Cross; and her best friends, Jean Dowes and Tina Shaw. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John Cross.
All are invited to attend Jillian's memorial service at the First Lutheran Church in Tuscaloosa, AL on January 20 at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D).
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