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People & Places: Danielle’s gift

Posted: February 16, 2015 8:58 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2015 8:54 a.m.
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Danielle Montgomery

A local church, inspired by the love and dedication of a young member even as she was gravely ill, will honor her memory March 7.

Plagued by chronic illness that eventually claimed her life, Danielle Montgomery, who passed away December 7, 2014, at the age of 33, nonetheless made the most of her time, noted Delores Lloyd, a friend and fellow member of Community Baptist Church, Camden.

Community Baptist, along with several other area churches, including God’s Deliverance Center, Hartsville Deliverance Center, St. Stephens Baptist Church, Evangelistic Community Center, and New Life Temple of Praise, will honor Danielle’s memory and legacy by performing her play, “When All Else Fails, You Can Depend on God.”

Montgomery suffered from diabetes, which eventually led to renal failure that would require dialysis three times a week, diabetic retinopathy, which led to removal of her right eye, and amputation of her left arm, Lloyd said. Yet through all this her faith remained strong, she said.

“Whenever family or friends visited Danielle in the hospital, she was always an inspiration, Lloyd said. “Despite her medical issues, Danielle never lost her joy or love for Christ. She always had a beautiful smile, and didn’t complain about her medical problems.”

In fact, she refused to allow her medical conditions to be an obstacle or an excuse for not achieving, Lloyd noted. Montgomery, whose ambition was to become a nurse, would graduate from Lee Central High School and complete two years at Central Carolina Technical College. She would work for Nightingale’s Nursing and Attendants until her health declined to where she could no longer work, Lloyd said.

She also remained a faithful and active member of Community Baptist Church, where she served as director of the Young Adult Choir, usher and devotional leader before her health deteriorated, Lloyd said.

“Even with Danielle’s illnesses, she continued to serve the Lord,” Lloyd said. “She wanted to participate in Community Baptist Church’s building fund for a new roof. So while in the hospital, she stated that God gave her the title for the play, and that she wanted everyone to give a love offering of $10 or more towards the building fund project.”

In addition, the church is inviting local businesses to publish their business cards in the event program booklet for a donation of $30, Lloyd said.

The performance will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at God’s Deliverance Center, 803 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden. The public is invited. For more information call 420-9616.

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