Dede Montgomery announces the release of her memoir in October by Bedazzled Ink Books. My Music Man uses stories of seven generations of family living in the Willamette Valley, including publisher J.K. Gill and earliest Oregon Territory residents Chloe Clark and William Willson, to illustrate the power of storytelling. As Montgomery moves through grief to accept her father’s death, the stories in My Music Man shed light on change, acceptance, and forgiveness amid family relationships and within Oregon’s natural landscapes.
The book can be ordered on Amazon and found in bookstores.
About Dede Montgomery
Dede Montgomery is a six-generation Oregonian and a certified industrial hygienist working in research at Oregon Health & Science University, where she blogs in Oregon and the Workplace. Dede’s family ties have instilled in her a deep connection to the land, and curiosity about life in early Oregon and the stories, good and bad, that lay there. In her book, My Music Man, Dede explores the jumbled path of forgiveness, reconciliation, courage and gratitude, through the memories and stories stirred after her father’s death. My Music Man will be released October 2017 by Bedazzled Ink Press.
In her memoir and this blog, Dede shares stories of family members that include her great great great grandparents Chloe Clark and William Willson (affiliates of Jason Lee Missionaries, founders of Willamette University and Salem), great great grandfather J.K. Gill (Portland book publisher), grandfather Richard G. Montgomery, Sr. (advertiser, author, radio book reviewer), and father Richard G. Montgomery, Jr. (journalist, river lover).
Dede lives with her husband in West Linn, Oregon where she never tires of exploring new places along the banks of the Willamette River.