STEPHENVILLE - Mary Virginia “Ginger” Garrett, passed away at home with family on May 7, 2020. Born in Bluff Dale, Texas on June 13, 1917 to Lester and Pearl Knowles Davis, she was the eldest of five children (Albert, Darwin, Frances and Florence).
At the age of 16, she and a cousin rode horseback to meet the Garrett family who were new to the area. There she met her husband to be, Lee Garrett. They were married May 12, 1939, in Stephenville, Texas.
She was “Rosie the Riveter,” as Lee and Ginger both worked at a defense plant in California during WWII. Soon after returning to Texas, they bought a farm near her childhood home in Bluff Dale where they raised four children, Bob, Chuck, Arlie, and Dian.
Ginger had a “green thumb” and grew beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables. Always looking forward to the next family gathering, she was an exceptional cook, and delighted her family with homemade yeast rolls, ice cream and coconut cream pie.
Ginger will be remembered as a hardworking, selfless wife and mother who loved caring for her family and rarely complained, even when times were tough. She was wise and supportive, with quiet strength and resiliency. Her sharp memory and sense of humor were respected and admired by all who knew her. Humble in nature, she never thought of herself as special, but to everyone who knew her, she most certainly was.
She had a can-do spirit, always looking to the future. As a widow, she insisted on living independently. She enjoyed word puzzles, watching news and sports, and rarely missed a Friday night radio broadcast of her beloved Stephenville High School Yellowjackets.
Ginger is survived by children and spouses Bob and Carol Garrett, Chuck Garrett, Debby Garrett, Dian and “that Frank” Tucker; grandchildren and spouses Wade Garrett, Les and Koy Garrett, Callie and Thomas Johnson, Tracy and Chris Hutson, Lindy Aleshire, Trent and Michelle Harrison, Zane Garrett, Jennifer and Bobby Pasteur, Ryan and Jeanna Tucker. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee Garrett, son Arlie Garrett, and daughter-in-law Kim Garrett.
Special thanks to Ginger’s longtime neighbor and friend, Zelma Hancock.
Memorial arrangements are pending.
Online condolences may be made at www.stephenvillefh.com.