Oklahoma hayride victim was 'little angel'

BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: October 27, 2008 at 9:26 am •  Published: October 27, 2008
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e’s irrepressible joy, her love of music and dancing and even her "stinky feet” endeared the toddler to everyone who knew her, they said.

‘If she were still here’
Shane, a security guard and jack-of-all-trades musician, loved to watch Zoe strum his guitar, which is decked out in stickers she liked. He’d watch her do the "Chicken Dance” while she giggled along with her audience.

Carrie and Shane also kept a special cabinet with empty boxes for Zoe, who took after her super-organized mother and liked to arrange and rearrange its contents.

Most of all, Zoe’s parents will remember her smile and her love. Described as a "little angel” to her parents and grandparents, all her family said they can do now is take that literally.

"I just hope she’s looking down on us right now,” Carrie said, "and smiling and laughing. Because that’s what she’d be doing right now if she were still here.”

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AT A GLANCE
Memorial services set for Tuesday
Services for Zoe Madeline Montgomery, 1, are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shekinah Fellowship Church, 412 SW 104.

Plans for the service include playing a compact disc with some of Zoe’s favorite songs, including one her father, Shane Montgomery, wrote for her and displays of photos and Zoe’s baby book.

Those wishing to send flowers or condolences to the family can send them to Resthaven Funeral Home, 500 SW 104, or call the funeral home at 691-1661.

"The most important thing is to focus on loving them (the family), supporting them and giving them hope,” Shekinah Fellowship Church Pastor Roger Velasquez said. "With time, God is able to speak to an individual heart.”

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