March 10, 2021
Dec. 27, 1936 – Feb. 24, 2021
Morine Viola Garrett, 84, of Sweet Home, died Feb. 24, 2021 at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield.
She was born Dec. 27, 1936, to Clithero and Viola Lee Van Duyn, in Klamath Falls. She was raised in Oregon, living predominantly in the Willamette Valley and Grants Pass.
She attended school in Lebanon, and later married Rex Alvin Moore in 1952. In 1959 the family moved to Grants Pass, where she lived uintil the untimely death of her husband Rex in 1975.
Soon after, she moved back to the Willamette Valley. In 1976, she married Vern Garrett, affectionately known as “Bud,” a longtime resident of Sweet Home.
Mrs. Garrett worked at both the Rogue and Drive-in theaters in Grants Pass, from 1963 to 1972, and for Southern Oregon Health Services in Grants Pass until 1975. She then opened a ceramic shop in Sweet Home with her sister Elvia called “Squeek & Sis’s” (their nicknames), and then later worked at Wells Fargo Bank until her retirement.
After retirement, the Garretts went into business, traveling the country selling gems and other items at gem shows throughout the Pacific Coast and Southwest. She was an avid member of the Kingdom Hall in Sweet Home, a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
She often mentioned that some of her happiest years were those on the road, meeting new people and seeing a good portion of the country. Her hobbies included square dancing, bowling, making jewelry, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by her husband, Vern Garrett; sister Delores Bodda; brother Jay Beattie; sons Michael Moore and Mitchael Moore; daughter Renae Hoover and son-in-law Terry Hoover; step-son Bruce Garrett; and step-daughters Sherrie Peden, Lorrie Curtis and Elaine Manasco and son-in-law Jerry, along with 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leon Van Duyn and Raymond Beattie; sister Elvia Meyer; two grandchildren, Scott Moore and Gloria Joya; and her nephew Derek Beattie.
A celebration of life will be held at the Sweet Home Senior Center Saturday, March 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit Mrs. Garrett’s Facebook page to share with family.
She will be laid to rest at Granite Hill Cemetery in Grants Pass.