Jane Garrison

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Jane Garrison

January 02, 1930 - March 06, 2019

Jane Garrison Jane Lee Garrison, of Joplin, Mo., passed peacefully into God's kingdom on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
Jane was born in West Virginia, where she spent much of her time reading every book she could find. Curiously, she always began a book by reading the last chapter. It is no surprise she would spend over 40 years in the classroom as an elementary school and reading teacher. It was this passion to teach that is the subject of an ongoing question, "What was Jane's real age?"
Back in 1942, her health records were destroyed in the great Appalachian tornado outbreak. Later she applied for a Delayed Birth Certificate. Only recently, following her death, did her family discover her original applications for this certificate. On them she wrote her year of birth as "29, 30, 31?" A final certificate was issued with DOB 1-2-1930. According to the government, she was 89 at her death. Most people, including Jane, believe she was 91. Rumor has it, she loved teaching so much, she saw the "flexible" DOB as an opportunity to make herself younger . . . so she could teach two years longer, past state retirement age rules.
Until her last breath, Jane encouraged all to strive to learn and be better. She never forgot a name or a face, especially of a former student. Green was her favorite color. She said it symbolized life. She loved buttermilk, Sonic ice, and root beer floats. You could always find floss or a toothbrush in every room of the house, along with comics cut out of the newspaper. Her favorites included "Beetle Bailey", "Blondie" and "Garfield". It was a rare event to find her kitchen table uncluttered. Most people agree it didn't take long to find she enjoyed a good argument and was highly skilled presenting her side. The family often questioned why she didn't become a lawyer. Eventually, she would admit she cared less about winning and more about learning and being better. Above even these two qualities was her love of being around children and friends.
Jane now joins countless friends and family in paradise. They include her loving mother and father, Lucy Jane and Albert Lee Flaherty; adoring husband, Richard Paul "Pete" Garrison; beloved and 'ornery' son, Jeffrey Lee Garrison. (Jane would want you to know the correct pronunciation of ornery, too.)
She is survived and missed by her children, Sir Roccko, the Scottish Terrier, and Patches, the Calico Cat, of House Garrison of Joplin; Richard Garrison and daughter-in-law, Cathy Garrison, of San Diego, Calif., Peggy Robinson, of Springfield, Mo., Glenda Garrison, daughter-in-law, and widow of Jeffrey Lee Garrison, of Springfield, Janet Garrison, of Gaithersburg, Md., Mary Alice Provance and son-in-law, Doug Provance, of Springfield, Gregory Paul Garrison, of Seattle, Wash.; her beautiful grandchildren, Gabrielle Garrison, Elle, Maria, Joshua and William Provance, David, Paul, and Adam Robinson, Felicia Marie Holland, daughter of Janet Garrison; a beautiful great-granddaughter, Kylia Robinson, daughter of David Robinson; and countless former students, friends and neighbors.
The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Laurie and Donnie Tandy, of Joplin, and Linda McLaughlin, next door neighbor to Jane for over 20 years. Thank you for your time, kindness and generosity in discovering the joy of being with Jane. You are a symbol of love in one of Jane's favorite Bible verses, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (First Corinthians 13:7).
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home. in Ozark, Mo., located at 504 West Walnut Street, Ozark, MO 65721. Children are especially invited to honor her memory and fondness for teaching. Should friends desire, the family suggest memorial donations be made to Watered Gardens, a rescue mission organization serving the poor and homeless in Joplin. Jane volunteered there once a month. Please visit wateredgardens.org.
Published on March 10, 2019
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April Kaiden and Avery Winstead and Coy Powell
Mar 11, 2019
Thank you for all your love and care. You have always been an inspiration to me and I am so happy that I got to have you as a teacher and a friend most of my life and that my boys also got to be apart of your life. God bless you and your family. We will always love you and you will forever be in our hearts!!