Phyllis Darlene Montis

Saturday, July 11

Parker

She was born in a little house east of Parker fairgrounds to Marjorie (Wiese) and Cornelius “Neal” Langerock. After graduating from Hurley High School, Phyllis continued to live in the Parker/Hurley area until attending Eastern State Normal in Madison. 

She taught school in rural South Dakota for two years and then went on to work for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for five years.

For the next 37 years, Phyllis’ career was with the Holiday Inn. She began as Sales and Catering Manager at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Sioux Falls, which opened in January 1972. In 1975 she was awarded the YMCA Businesswoman of the Year for the Sioux Falls area. During her years there, she coordinated events for Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Joan Kennedy, Rosalynn Carter and George McGovern’s election night.

In 1981, the Office of Governor of South Dakota under Governor Bill Janklow appointed her as a South Dakota Ambassador of the Diplomatic Corps of the State of South Dakota. She had the privilege of traveling with the selected group throughout the United States.

Phyllis was honored with many awards during her career. She was awarded the Rookie Innkeeper of the year for Brock Hotel in 1984. The following year she would move to Texas for a position with the Holiday Inn Company, where she would be one of 25 members chosen from Canada, Mexico and the United States as a member of the People Notice Advisory Board for the Holiday Inn Corporation. Later she would be appointed to the Holiday Inn Corporation of Directors. She carried the title CERTIFIED HOTEL ADMINSTRATOR (C.H.A.), a distinction awarded from The American Hotel and Motel Association. 

During the years, she was a member of Rotary Club, Lions Club, Christian Woman, and Mid-Continent Golden Triangle Hotel and Lodging Association of Port Arthur, Texas. Phyllis traveled the world extensively with travels, including trips to Europe, Mexico, the Far East, Russia, Australia, Africa, China and Japan.

Phyllis leaves behind a loving family and especially cherished her time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family includes one son, Douglas William Montis and significant other Chloe Ann Newhouse; grandchildren: Neal Douglas (Kara) Montis, Amanda Rae (Austin) Soper and Meagan Marjorie (Luke) Lumb; great-grandchildren: Paige Taylor and Aiden James Soper and Ellie Rae and Logan Mae Lumb; niece Cheri (Larry) Kraemer; grandnephew and grandniece Lucas and Kiera Kraemer. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Chad William Montis, nephew Kendall Dain Langerock, brother Donald Langerock, and best friend and sister-in-law Roberta Langerock.

A private service was held Wednesday, July 15, at First Presbyterian Church with interment at Rosehill Cemetery. 

Arrangements provided by Hofmeister Jones Funeral Home.

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