Reading with Dede Montgomery

Join Author Dede Montgomery upon the release of her memoir, From First Breath to Last: A Story About Love, Womanhood and Aging. Dede will discuss her book with Gordon Gregory, journalist, writer and writing coach. Dede (BA, Biology UM; MS, Public Health, UW) and Gordon (MA, journalism, UM) first met while organizing to start Montana Public Interest Research Group on the UM campus. Dede was the first MontPIRG Board Chair. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing from Fact & Fiction Bookstore. Music will be shared by Patrick Montgomery and the Flathead Lake Monsters.

Dede is a sixth generation Oregonian and the author of Humanity’s Grace, Beyond the Ripples and My Music Man. She blogs and writes from her home near Portland, Oregon where she works days at the intersection of workplace safety, health and well-being. 

“From First Breath to Last: A Story about Love, Womanhood, and Aging is an honest and engaging portrayal of a topic challenging to us all. Montgomery shares intimate details in her stories that bring the reader into the room. Readers of all ages can relate to the realistic depictions included in this book, with stories that empower and inspire. This tells the tale of leadership and learning from the history of those closest to the author through the wisdom of their lived experiences. An illuminating read.” ¬— Dr. Latrissa Lee Neiworth, Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, MA Ed., IDI QA Professor of Leadership

“Dede Montgomery honors the forested paths women wander along on their life journey starting in girlhood until they leave their bodies through the tender writings of a mother and daughter through a unique lens. Gifted with her mother’s, Patty Marilyn Daum Montgomery, own unpublished memoir, plus her doctoral thesis and other writings, Dede Montgomery entwines their separate journeys into a story filled with insight, reconciliation, whimsy, wisdom, and grief...Nature is a woven theme throughout From First Breath to Last and as you approach the end you sense Patty, like the nurse logs in a forest, is still nurturing her family, deeply loved.” — Chaplain Anne Richardson, Spiritual Companion, Founder, Nurture Your Journey

Learn more:

Event date: 
Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
Missoula Public Library
455 East Main Street
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
From First Breath to Last: A Story About Love, Womanhood and Aging By Dede Montgomery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781960373403
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company - March 19th, 2024