Funeral services for Emma J. Garrett, 87, Lawrence will be held 10 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. She died July 4, 2011 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence.
Emma was born on April 4, 1924 in Oakley, KS the daughter of Robert H. and Edna (Gross) Vawter.
She was a resident of Lawrence since 1946.
She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Eagles, Lawrence Hospital Auxiliary, India EHU, and American Legion Auxiliary.
She married Marvin B. Garrett on October 22, 1944 in Oakley, KS. He preceded her in death July 22, 2005.
Survivors include two sons, Robert B. Garrett, and wife Rhonda, Thousand Oakes, CA, Jerry L. Garrett, and wife, Camille; one daughter, Janet L. Cantin, and husband Casey, Overland Park, KS; five grandchildren, Neil, Danielle Scully, Marc, Tari Curtis, and Kari; two step grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and seven step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one brother, John W. Vawter; one sister, Roberta V. Meek; and one step grandson.
The family will receive friends from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Grace Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Know that you and your family will be in my prayers. I have such fond memories of both Emma and Marvin. I want to be sure you knew this story…as it speaks volumes about their relationship. Shortly after Emma moved to Pioneer Ridge I stopped by for a visit. She was happy to be settled and greatful that she was able to live in such a nice place with folks to help her. She did have a worry, though. She asked me if I though Marvin would be able to find her…actually as I think about it… she asked me that right before she left their home. I told her I was sure he was watching over her and would indeed find her. So, on that first visit to Pioneer Ridge she started smiling and told me she wanted me to know that Marvin had visited her…and did I think she was crazy. Of course I told her no…that many had shared similar experiences. She was delighted that Marvin was in her new space checking in with her.
May you all be comforted by God’s expansive love. May you be strengthened by one another, by wonderful memories, and by God’s presence with you…always.
I will be holding you in prayer.
TO THE FAMILIES OF ROBERT, JERRY, AND JANET, children of my Aunt Emma:
My mother was Hazel Gross Baker, your mother wasn’t really my aunt, but I remember calling her that. Our condolences to you on her passing. We pray for your comfort and peace. Sincerely, Dick and Elaine Baker, possibly speaking for all the Baker siblings, although I doubt the younger brothers knew her.
we regret not being able to be at the services but know that we are thinking of all of you in your time of loss. Emma was a fine woman and i have alot of fond memories of her and your father through out the years.
The Bouton family-
Marc, Donita and girls
Wham bam thank you, ma’am, my questinos are answered!