Dolores "Janean" Thompson Garrett, 77, Joplin, MO, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at KU Medical Center, in Kansas City, KS, following a brief illness. She was born November 24, 1941, in Bowling Green, IN, to Norl E. "Tommy" Thompson and Eva Ellen Price Thompson.
While in the 10th grade, Janean moved with her family to Nevada. She graduated from Nevada High School in 1959. Janean was a graduate of Cottey College and the University of Missouri in Columbia. She received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana. Janean worked as a librarian throughout the years while living in many locations all over the world. Janean retired as a Senior Medical Research Librarian from the Veterans Administration in San Antonio, TX, before moving back to Joplin, MO to be closer to family where she has resided for the past 10 years.
Survivors include two sisters, Janell (Thompson) Dimond and her husband, Mike, Laurie, MO, and Norlene (Thompson) Hillier and her husband, Don, Springfield, MO; one brother, Dale Thompson, Alba, MO; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved guide dog, Freland; and her close friend, Phyllis Seesengood. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Patricia "Patty" Crawford.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at Moore Cemetery, in Nevada, with Pastor Sharon Freeman officiating. Friends may call now and until one hour prior to the service at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada.
Those who wish may contribute in Janean's memory to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 South Washington, Nevada, MO.
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Vel Espinoza
May 24, 2019
My sincerest condolences to the family. Janean has been my friend for many years. We met at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, TX. I was so sad to hear of her passing. I went to visit Janean in Joplin in June 2018 and was hoping to visit again this June. I will miss her greatly. I enjoyed my visit with her and so hoped to see her again. May God keep her in his loving care.
Larry Martin - Joplin, Mo.
May 16, 2019
So very sorry for your great loss. I was acquainted with Janean at Spring River. What a great lady.