Knox community leader and Mobile Meal co-founder dies

Knox community leader and Mobile Meal co-founder dies

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Barbara Monty (center) worked for the Knox County Community Action Committee for 45 years; most recently, she was working as the director of the Office of Aging until her retirement last month. Barbara Monty (center) worked for the Knox County Community Action Committee for 45 years; most recently, she was working as the director of the Office of Aging until her retirement last month.
For Smith and others inspired by Monty's work in the community, the building will act as a tribute for years to come. For Smith and others inspired by Monty's work in the community, the building will act as a tribute for years to come.
"She was a friend and a mentor and she will be missed greatly," said Smith. "She was a friend and a mentor and she will be missed greatly," said Smith.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  The woman credited for starting the Mobile Meals program in Knoxville has died.

Barbara Monty worked for the Knox County Community Action Committee for 45 years. Most recently, she was working as the director of the Office of Aging until her retirement last month.

She passed away Sunday after suffering a brain aneurysm late last week.

Friends say Barbara Monty loved to help others, especially the senior community in Knoxville.

Last month, the state senate passed a resolution honoring her retirement and years of service.

When Barbara Monty helped start the Mobile Meals program in Knoxville in the 1970s, they were serving just 20 meals. Today, the program delivers meals to 770 seniors a day.

"She felt like the seniors needed an advocate and all people needed an advocate who needed transportation and who were hungry, I guess it was just in her DNA," said friend and local radio host Hubert Smith.

Smith was just one of the many people in the community touched by Monty's legacy of service.

"She was a friend and a mentor and she will be missed greatly," he said.  

In addition to Mobile Meals, Monty helped develop transportation initiatives for seniors, never stopping in her attempt to create a better life for Knoxville seniors.

"I think it inspires all of us to do a little bit more and perhaps we don't know how many people we can touch," said Smith. 

Her contribution to Mobile Meals led to last month's dedication of the organization's kitchen in her name. 

For Smith and others inspired by Monty's work in the community, the building will act as a tribute for years to come.

"Every time you pass up and down Western Avenue, look over at that kitchen, and give a nod for Barbara Monty," said Smith.

Monty is survived by her husband and two children. Funeral arraignments are pending.

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