A shining beacon of light to all, Haley Noel Montee, 21, died Saturday in a tragic car accident with her friend Amber Hetland. Haley was born in Racine, December 18, 1995, daughter of Staci (Nee: Zenner) and Gerry Montee.

A loving and generous person, Haley was currently employed as a caregiver. Haley will be fondly remembered for her beautiful smile, compassionate heart and vibrant personality that would light up any room. She had a wonderful sense of humor with a great ability to make anyone laugh. Haley will also be remembered for her love of music and her artistic and creative talents.

Haley will be dearly missed by her parents, Staci and Gerry; her brothers, Levi and Seth; her grandfather, Jack Montee; aunts and uncles, Jill Montee and her children: Jack and Tiffany Hall, Tim (Gretchen) Montee and their children: Nick and MurphyKate, Barry Montee and his children: Sarah and Adam, Bernie Zenner and his children: Jocelyn (Jason) Mish, Jon (Courtney) Ewing, Sarah Zenner, Suzanne (Frederick) Dooley, Jeryl (Paul) Sturino and their son, Joseph Sturino, Alan (Colleen) Zenner and their children, Zachary and Zoe Zenner, Roxanne Zenner, Peter Zenner and his children, Greyson and Gabriella Zenner; close friends, Catherine Creuziger, Candace Czosnek and countless other friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Jeanne Zenner and Carol Montee; aunts and uncle, Jean Zenner, Nancy Montee and Scott Montee.

With Rev. Paul Rhoads and Rev. Bill Thompkins officiating, a service celebrating Haley’s life will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.