Ronel Montgomery

Obituary of Ronel Cherlyn Montgomery

Life Story

Ronel Cherlyn Montgomery was born March 4, 1975, to Lafayette and Thelma Kearney. Ronel was the younger sister to siblings Bryant (deceased), Anita, John, Willene, and Linda. She grew up in West Philadelphia and was educated in Philadelphia public schools where she attended Joseph Leidy Elementary School, Dimner Beeber Middle School, and Franklin Learning Center High School . As a young child, Ronel loved to play jacks and jump Double Dutch with her friends. She was so good that she later became a Double Dutch champion. During high school, Ronel developed her beautiful singing voice in various school plays before graduating in 1993. As a teen, while dancing with the Conestoga Drill Team, Ronel met Quay Montgomery who was a drummer on an opposing team. Quay was immediately smitten with Ronel, and after years of dating, they welcomed their first daughter, Schae Xyaire, in 1996. Quay and Ronel married in 1997 and welcomed their second daughter, Talyah Nechelle, in 2008.

After high school, Ronel attended cosmetology school at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute and trained as a pastry chef at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. It was through this training that Ronel mastered the art of chocolate making and designing wedding cakes. Ronel was so good at baking, that she was selected to design the wedding cake for local news anchor, Lisa Thomas-Laury.

Among her many talents, Ronel was an amazing event planner. She blessed her loved ones with many parties over the years - she took special pride in making sure everything was done to perfection and that everyone had a good time.

Ronel was a big believer in education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Liberty University. After graduating, she continued her studies, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Southern New Hampshire University. Professionally, Ronel held several secretarial roles within the School District of Philadelphia, worked in the accounting department for the City of Philadelphia, and was a lead call center operator at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Despite going through worsening health challenges, she never lost her spirit for serving others. Over the past three years, Ronel made it her personal mission to provide holiday turkeys - and all the fixings - to several families in her hometown of West Philadelphia.

Ronel loved to travel to “see the blue water”, she loved to laugh, cook, and bake, but most of all, she loved her family. Ronel leaves to cherish her loving memory, her husband of 25 years, Quay; daughters Schae and Talyah; siblings Anita (Ronald), John, Willene (Joel Sr.), and Linda (Mark Sr.); aunts Callalily, LeVella, and Velvet; nephews Raymond (Cassandra), James (Maiiya), Jason, Joel Jr., and Mark; nieces Anita (Bacari), Nicole (Christopher), Victoria (Josh), and Cierra; great nieces Quinlan, Cadence, and Seneca; godchildren Lanayah, Jai, Victoria, Christian, Leo, and Ari; grandchildren Kashif and Gray; a host of cousins and many long-time, devoted friends.

Celebration of Life

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, from 11 am to 12 pm at The Family Church New Jersey, 333 Preston Avenue, Voorhees, NJ 08043.



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