March 3, 2008
Former hairdresser Janet Esther Montgomery died on February 15, 2008. Her tribute in the Kansas City Star caught my eye because of her love of hair.
According to the tribute, Janet was an only girl with three brothers, but she loved to play with other people’s hair including putting pin curls in her little brother Denny’s hair.
She also tried out different hairstyles on her male model.
Her early love of hair which resulted in her curling and coiffing the hair of her friends and family lead to enrollment in cosmetology school in 1962.
Her younger daughter Cindy Haus reported that her mom enjoyed trying out different dye jobs on her own hair and eventually had “every color of hair in the rainbow…..red hair, blond hair, black hair”. Janet also won first-place trophy in a hairstyling competition in the 1960s.
After she left the hairstyling biz she devoted her time to caring for her kids and working different jobs including a job at the Prairie View Elementary School in Lee’s Summit where she was dubbed as “the Cookie Lady” for giving away cookies to kids who couldn’t afford them.
She also was a very dedicated grandmother with a great sense of humor which she kept until the very end of her life.
This former hairdresser is remembered as a loving, caring lady who not only gave her heart to the hair world but to her family and children who she would help whenever she could.
A full tribute to this lovely women was featured in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, March 2, 2008.