Montana's Memory Page
The Passing of a Queen
by Rich Henry
Staunton, IL -- Montana, queen of Henry's Ra66it Ranch in Staunton, Ill., passed away in June 2008. She had a good life here on Route 66. For over seven years she warmly greeted the locals as well as travelers from all over the world.
She is probably best remembered for her autographs and amusing little tricks performed. Montana was Henry's little sidekick and partner, like The Lone Ranger and Tonto, only with Montana as the Lone Ranger and Henry as Tonto. She had become a Route 66 icon. On her passing, several cards, letters and pictures sent by Route 66ers were received at Henry's Ra66it Ranch. Henry plans to start a large scrapbook of these items and several others in memory of Montana.
The last six months dealt Montana with chronic health issues, but she persisted in doing her duty. In that time period she had some notable accomplishments. This past March she came in #106 out of 30,000 pets in a photo/pet contest conducted by the Humane Society of the USA. That then excited her into throwing not only her hat but also herself in the ring to run for president of the United States. Her presidential campaign continues in honor of her memory and love for the road and its people.
Montana's Short Presidential Profile:
Born: February 23, 2001
In June 2008 Montana passed the responsibilities of her presidential campaign to her running mate "Guy the Rabbit" who now carries on the high traditions she set. The new "Guy" has become the Official Route 66 Greeter and King of Henry's Ra66it Ranch.
Montana was a very proud member of the Route 66 E-group and wore her membership badge proudly on the wall of her condo.
Montana might be gone, but she will never be forgotten.
Remembering the Life and Times of Montana
by Rich Henry
Montana was a big favorite of Santa, which is why she wanted to see him in 2006 and be him in 2007.
Remembering the Life and Times of Montana.
"Tale of Ears" Memorial Park
Montana was laid to rest on June 26th, 2008 alongside some of her previous fallen compadres (like Teddie pictured at left) at the Ranch in an area now called "Tale of Ears" memorial park garden. Her previous retirement/campaign fund has been converted over to her memorial fund, which will be used for development of the memorial park.
Anyone wishing to further contribute to Montana's Memorial can do so in person at Henry's Ra66it Ranch, 1107 Historic Old Route 66, Staunton, Il., 62088-4361 or by mail.
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