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Harriett Ann (McGrew) Garrett
January 15, 1942 ~ February 11, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Harriett Ann Garrett, formerly of Piedmont, passed away in her home in St. Louis County on Sunday, February 11, 2024. She was predeceased by her parents Alyne J. Clark and George V. McGrew, and brother Benny Joe Blair.
Harriett is survived by her loving spouse of 65 years, Robert Garrett; a son Timothy (Mary) Garrett of St. Louis, a daughter Regina Rhea of Forsyth, MO; two grandsons Brandon (Amber) Rhea of Goldsboro, NC, and Scott (Nika) Beauchamp of Santa Fe, NM; three great-grandchildren Kianna Bearden of Goldsboro, NC, and Cecilia Beauchamp and Remy Beauchamp of Santa Fe, NM, a sister Donna Lyon of Ste. Augustine, FL, brother Herschel Wayne Clark of Nashville, TN.
Born on January 15, 1942, Harriett grew up picking and chopping cotton in the fields of Arbryd, MO, which fueled Harriett’s tireless determination and fortitude. She was born in Bucoda, MO, a city known for the simple distinction of having the county cotton gin. She married Robert “Bob” Garrett, an aircraft electrician in the U.S. Air Force and together they created a unique and interesting life for their family. Harriett possessed an almost photographic memory and loved to retell the stories of adventures as a military family moving every two years. She always made an adventure out of every situation and the family loved their time on the treacherous week-long drive through the Alaska Canadian Highway before it was paved and living in a tent in a Florida avocado grove for weeks while waiting for base housing. She was able to prepare her family for any and all situations and obstacles.
She enjoyed staying busy, if she wasn’t water skiing (which she decided to learn after having just given birth two weeks prior), helping Bob with home-repair tasks such as roofing, tiling, painting, and auto repair, you could find her in the kitchen brewing up a batch of her delicious home-made pickles in all flavors and varieties. She was an expert quilter and hand-stitched 2 or 3 quilts per year. She was whip smart and there wasn’t any problem she couldn’t solve or situation she couldn’t resolve with her creative wit. She was a voracious reader and has over 3,000 titles of e-books in her library that she has read. She decided she would help her son build an airplane several years ago. She first attended a workshop to learn how to begin the process and along with Bob spent most evenings and weekends for five years helping her son Tim build an airplane. She did everything from running for tools to helping install rivets. During part of this time, she was undergoing treatment for Ovarian Cancer, which she beat and survived over 12 years after diagnosis. She was always up for a challenge. Harriett had a great sense of humor and didn’t know a stranger.
Harriett had requested no services be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a no-kill animal shelter or the charity of your choice.