Florance Garrett

Florance Louise Berner Garrett, 89, a woman known for fun and the love of family, passed away on September 10, 2009. 

She was born on July 23, 1920 at Brokaw Hospital in Bloomington, Illinois to Louis and Eleanor Berner who preceded her. Her brother, Louis Berner, Jr., and sister, Eleanor (George) Hunt, also preceded her.

Florance married Dayle Garrett over 65 years ago and he survives along with their five children:   Sharen Garrett and Jill Bacon, Columbia; Karen (Lanny) Hiler, Roswell, Georgia; Mikel (Cheryl) Garrett, Wildwood, Missouri; and Amy (David) Loethen, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She is “Gommie” to her eleven grandchildren (Kevin, Ren, Rita, Taylor, Sarah, Garrett, Kelsey, Noah, Molly, Emma, and Bess) and two great-grandchildren (Nate and Anna).  One sister-in-law, Adeline “Ginger” Berner, of Bloomington, Illinois, also survives.

Prior to college she became a certified Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and learned to sail as a Mariner Scout.

She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1943. A member of the Omicron Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority, Florance was one of the instrumental-founding alumnae that brought the Epsilon Iota Chapter to the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is an Emerald Circle member of Kappa Delta for over 60 years.

After marrying Dayle in 1944, she left Bloomington to work for civil service while her husband was serving in the U.S. Army. She taught typing to military personnel at Camp Patrick Henry in Newport News, Virginia. 

Florance and her family moved to Columbia, Missouri in 1960 and has been a loyal Missourian ever since. The Missouri Tigers quickly became her football team of choice. She was a loyal fan at Faurot Field with many years of season tickets which she enjoyed with Dayle. While watching games on television she would yell encouragement to the players, “Someone help him!”

Her life revolved around her family, her friends, and her church. Florance’s Christian faith sustained her throughout her many wonderful years.

Upon her husband’s retirement in 1983, they wintered together for over 20 years in Clearwater, Florida. She was an active associate member of The Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Her love of games was contagious and all of her children and grandchildren learned from “the master” how to play Canasta and other games. Florance was an avid Bridge player.

Her love of Dayle is legendary and beyond measure. They met in church choir at The First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Illinois while both were in college. 

A celebration of her life will be held at The First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street, Columbia, Missouri on September 12 at 1:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the church.

Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois at a later date. 

The family suggests memorials be given to The First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO, 65201.

Thanks be to God for this wonderful woman!

 

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  1. Paul Bacon on September 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Gom was the greatest woman I have ever known. I pray for PawPaw and the family that they will be comforted. I loved you, Gom.



  2. Paul Johnson on September 11, 2009 at 2:45 am

    My deepest sympathies go out to Dayle and family on the loss of Forence. My parents, Ruth and Harold played bridge with the Lemmes and the Garrets back in Bloomington. Florence always showed the best hospitality to us.



  3. Kelly Dude on September 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This is a major loss for our family and all who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett have been friends of my family for more than 50 years. Their friendship and kindness to us, particularly to my mom and dad, has been invaluable to us over the years. Mrs. Garrett was always full of life and happiness and encouragement and she lit up a room every time she entered it. We were very saddened when she fell seriously ill and our only consolation is that she is no longer suffering. She brought warmth and good cheer to all she encountered and we are all the worse with her departure. We send our love and thanks to the entire Garrett family.



  4. Kelly Dude on September 11, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This is a major loss for our family and all who knew her. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett have been friends of my family for more than 50 years. Their friendship and kindness to us, particularly to my mom and dad, has been invaluable to us over the years. Mrs. Garrett was always full of life and happiness and encouragement and she lit up a room every time she entered it. We were very saddened when she fell seriously ill and our only consolation is that she is no longer suffering. She brought warmth and good cheer to all she encountered and we are all the worse with her departure. We send our love and thanks to the entire Garrett family.



  5. Bill and Linda Cowell on September 11, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss! It is always difficult to lose a parent; we have lost two in the last year. We are grieving with you, and asking God for His grace to comfort your hearts in the way that only He can. Our prayers are with you all….

    Bill and Linda Cowell



  6. Tom and Vonda Willer on September 12, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Dayle and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We remember Florance as a fun loving lady and we know she will be missed by you and her many friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



  7. jack chleboun on September 12, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Mikel, Dayle & family: Sincere sympathy on the loss of Florance. I only met her a few times but she seemed like a wonderful woman! You will be in our prayers. Treasure the memories!
    Jack & Sharon Chleboun



  8. Marty Loring on September 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Dear Dayle, Sharen, Karen and family–I just read Mrs. Garrett’s obituary in the online Tribune. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I pray that the peace of God, that transcends all human understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus, and will see you through this difficult time. May you find comfort in the knowledge as believers that this life is not the end, and we will see each other again.

    Blessings,

    Marty Loring



  9. Nancy Boote on September 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Dear Sharen and family,
    The service was beautiful today! The music with Jill, Amy and Ren was so worshipful. Although I did not know your mom personally, I have come to know her through you. What a blessing and a delight to all she must have been as witnessed in the beautiful tribute to her at her service.
    May the Lord continue to comfort each one of you!
    In Him,
    Nancy Boote



  10. Sheri Goforth on September 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Even though I didn’t know her personally, I felt like I did Because Amy Talked a lot about what a wonderful woman you were I know you will be missed.



  11. Jack and Hank Botts on September 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Dear Jill and Rita, Taylor, Sarah and Garrett, You have been in our hearts and thoughts since we learned of you loss. Please know we are thinking about and hope that you all are celebrating the life of this interesting and active woman. You will be in our hearts as you begin to grieve for your loss. With love and affection, Jack and “Hank” Botts



  12. Ron and Connie Anderson on September 14, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    We – and especially me since I don’t think Florance ever met Ron – are especially saddened by her passing. It seems best laid plans are often gone awry. We now have this awesome granddaughter in Columbia and I kept saying that when we got to Columbia we would call Florance and Dayle. Dayle, I will never forget your singing Ich Liebe Diche (sp???) at mine and Dan’s wedding. It was beautiful. And I will always remember living across the street on Manor Drive. It’s a sad day but – – what a wonderful woman Florance was. She will always hold a special place in my heart – as you and your entire family will. God Speed!!!!!

    Connie



  13. Debra Pollard on September 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I wanted to share my sympathy with Jill and the kids. I have known Paul for the last 7 years and love him and the kids very much. Lots of Love Debra Pollard



  14. Larry Jent on September 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Dayle, I just want you to know how much sympathy comes with this message. I know that you will miss Florence greatly and that you know that she was such a great helpmate to you must give you comfort. You are in my prayers and I continue to think of you often as I have over the years.



  15. Rose marie on February 18, 2020 at 5:34 am

    I bought a painting last week at auction. It is a beautiful vase with flowers, colours mainly in reds pinks blues and greens, I love it. I thought I would check out this lady who signed it. I live in belfast, Ireland, and where I bought the painting. Mrs. Garrett Bacon seems to have been a beautiful lady. I’m so glad I bought her painting. (19/02/2020)



  16. Rose marie on February 18, 2020 at 5:36 am

    I bought a painting last week at auction. It is a beautiful vase with flowers, colours mainly in reds pinks blues and greens, I love it. I thought I would check out this lady who signed it. I live in belfast, Ireland, and where I bought the painting. Mrs. Garrett Bacon seems to have been a beautiful lady. I’m so glad I bought her painting. (18/2/2020)



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