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Catherine Garrett

Obituary of Catherine Garrett

Catherine was born to Abel and Eva Meresse on January 12, 1922 in Albany, Oregon. She was the middle child between her older brother Robert and her younger sister Nancy. Her family made a life in White Salmon, Washington, where they owned and operated the town's newspaper; the Enterprise. Catherine and Marvin Garrett were married on January 23, 1948, started their family and remained in White Salmon. Catherine passed away peacefully on September 9, 2021. She was 99 years of age. Catherine is survived by her three children, Braden Charles (Nancy), Mark Abel (Mary Lou) and Judy Maureen Carlock (Alan). She leaves behind four grandchildren, Heather, Holly, Amy and Christopher and eight great-grandchildren, Julian, Mason, Dylan, Brody, Romy, Avy, McKenna and Noah. Growing up in White Salmon, Catherine attended primary school and graduated from Columbia Union High School in 1939. Something unique and wonderful in later life was that she was able to attend high school reunions with her children who were also graduates of Columbia High School. Catherine completed a business school in Portland, Oregon following high school. Those skills along with a personality well suited for working with and helping others led to employment opportunities for her in White Salmon. She worked for Dr. Wayne Henkle in his medical practice for many years until she went on to work in the family newspaper business as a linotype operator. This was followed by a number of years working for the Klickitat County PUD in White Salmon, until her retirement. Catherine had a passion for life that showed in the things she loved most; especially her family. She took so much pride in her children and worked tirelessly along with Marvin to provide for them in all possible ways. Marvin was a logger for SDS Lumber Company. He worked incredibly hard but like many others during harsh winters, loggers were temporarily laid off. He would work any sort of available jobs during many of the winters. To help the family, Catherine also worked temporary night jobs at the cannery in addition to her day job. Even though she was a working mom, Catherine managed to see to her family's needs even making sure that she baked for them every day. All the while making it look effortless. Catherine and Marvin were the ultimate cheering squad for their children's sports events. They attended all the games they possibly could for each of them even if it meant traveling considerable distances. In later years Catherine also loved to attend the events of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well. Catherine loved working in her yard which was almost an everyday activity for her. Her yard was recognized by most to be beautiful, colorful and tidy. She was amazing with plants. She mostly planted from seeds and starts that came from her parents beautiful garden. Her children would go on to receive cuttings from these plants as well for their own yards. A source of pride were the grapes she used to grow from vines her Grandfather brought from France when the family came to America. Once, her ingenuity led her to fashion a sort of greenhouse out of old windows which made it possible to grow cantaloupes! She was very excited about that. Even though gardening was pure joy for her, the time she spent on the golf course may have been more exciting. What golfer who had hit a hole-in-one in their years of playing wouldn't have been excited. Catherine's short game was amazing even into her 90's. She truly loved golf and passed it on to her children and grandchildren. Such a lovely legacy to leave behind. So many wonderful family memories go along with her "love of the game". Because Catherine grew up and lived most of her life in White Salmon, she knew most everyone in the community. Her doors were always open and it was not unusual that friends and family would gather there. Her shining moments were as a mom, always with encouraging words and wisdom to carry throughout life. She was truly the matriarch of our family. She leaves behind a space in our hearts which we will fill with wonderful memories. Rest peacefully Catherine, our mom, our grandma, our great-grandma and our friend.
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