Sherry Jean McTaggart Garrison, 75, died July 4, 2012.
Sherry is the daughter of George Alexander McTaggart and Esther May Eckman was born on Feb. 21, 1937 in Linwood, Kan. She grew up on a farm and was not a stranger to hard work. After graduating from Edgerton Rural High School in 1954, she began working for the U.S. Civil Service in the Federal Defense Supply Agency in Washington, DC and made her home in Alexandria, Va.
Sherry married William Randolph Garrison, Jr. on Feb. 2, 1962 in Alexandria, Va. From this union were three children; a son, William Thomas Garrison, and two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Garrison and Juanita Marie Garrison. They divorced.
She retired from the Defense Supply Agency in 1975 after 19 years of service. She moved her family back to Edgerton, shortly after retiring and worked many jobs in the Edgerton and Gardner areas while raising her children. She moved to Lebo, Kan. in 2009 and transferred her steadfast faith in the Lord by joining the Lebo Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Edward William McTaggart.
Survivors include her brothers Robert McTaggart and his wife Sarah, Edgerton, Kan., Olof McTaggart and his wife Frieda, Birchtree, Mo.; sister Elizabeth Esterchild, Dallas, Texas; children: Tom Garrison and his wife Vicki, Northampton, Pa., Liz Patillo and her husband Ray, Spring Hill, Kan., and Juanita White and her husband Robert of Lebo, Kan.; grandchildren SFC Troy Leitner and his wife Renee, Clarksville, Tenn., Ryan White and his wife Lauren, Lebo, Kan., Matthew Garrison, Northampton, Pa., Trevor White, Lebo, Kan., and Gabrielle Patillo, Spring Hill, Kan.; three great-grandchildren with the fourth to be born this year. She is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m., July 14, 2012 at the Lebo Baptist Church, with a lunch to follow. Memorial contributions on her behalf can be made to any of the following: Lebo Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 478, Lebo, KS 66856; Hand In Hand Hospice, 1201 W. 12th Ave., Emporia, KS 66801; Holiday Resort, 2700 W. 30th Ave., Emporia, KS 66801.
Arrangements by: Jones-VanArsdale Funeral Home, 107 W. 6th St., Lebo, KS 66856 (620) 256-6522.