Betty A. Garrison
Betty Garrison was called home to her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Betty was born April 23, 1934, to parents Harold and Bertha Wessel in Los Angeles, Calif. She grew up in nearby Pasadena where she graduated from Pasadena College. In 1953, she married Don Garrison, having first met when her brother Raleigh brought his best friend and Air Force squadron member home for Valentine’s Day in 1952. Don hailed from Hillsboro and Betty soon grew to adopt the Lone Star State as her home. After many homes, they established roots in Tyler where they reveled in lake life, making their Lake Palestine home a little piece of heaven for their family and friends.
A gifted pianist, Betty regularly lifted the spirits of her Christian friends in song, playing for church groups and Chapel Class at Marvin United Methodist Church. An expert quilter and seamstress, she created upwards of 30 beautiful quilts and needle works for family and friends. These treasures are now being cherished as lasting reminders of her love. She also designed and made children’s quilts and clothes for Salvation Army dolls. She loved hiking, camping, swimming, four-wheeling, target shooting and raising her family.
Betty goes to meet her Maker with an uplifted spirit, knowing that she had served him to the best of her ability while here on earth. She was predeceased by her parents, Harold and Bertha Wessel; brother, Raleigh Wessel; eldest child, Pamela Garrison-Casillas; and special cousin, LaGene Bayless of Seagoville.
Survivors include her husband, Don of Tyler; two sisters, Beverly Bicker and husband Bob and Doris Tally of California; two sons, Ronald Garrison and his wife Debbie of Spring and Richard Garrison and his wife Mona of Bullard; daughter, Patricia Garrison of Spring; son-in-law, Gus Casillas of Bandera; two granddaughters, Dawn Garrison-Martinez and her husband Matt of Willis and Heather Garrison-Gunter and her husband “Bird” of Baton Rouge, La.; two grandsons, Aaron Garrison of Tyler and Russell Garrison of Spring; two great-granddaughters, Jaelyn and London Gunter of Baton Rouge, La.; and special friend of the family, Kelly Dozier.
Family visitation will be at Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, Memorial services will be at Marvin United Methodist Church chapel on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Dr. John Robbins and the Rev. Gerry Giles officiating under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors.
In lieu of flowers, if preferred, please make donations to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation.