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Didgie Garrett
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto, for Didgie Lee Garrett, 67, of Waterford. She died Nov. 14, 2011 after a battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 1, 1944 in Junction City, Kan., to Werner and Lois Jasper, Didgie grew up in Santa Cruz where she graduated from Santa Cruz High School and was a member of the Order of the Rainbow. She married Dennis R. Garrett in 1964 and later moved to Waterford where she taught Special Education at the Waterford Elementary School for 30 years. She was given the coveted School Bell Award. She combined her love for gardening and teaching when she created a school garden.

Mrs. Garret was a Daughter of the Nile, president of the Ceres Garden Club, Sunday School and Bible school teacher and organist at St. John's Lutheran Church of Valley Home. She had a passion for painting and was a member of the Valley Oak Art Society. She was always involved with her two children's activities, from Scouting, 4-H, FFA, and music. She was also involved with Dan in Shriner activities.

She enjoyed hosting parties at the house throughout the year and loved to decorate for the Christmas season. She enjoyed time with grandchildren,

She leaves behind her husband, Dennis Garrett of Waterford; her children, Heidi Mendes, Michael Garrett, and Lorne Vandemark; and numerous grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to the Ceres Garden Club, 1524 Kinser Road, Ceres, CA 95307; or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento CA 95817; or to the Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto CA 95356.

-Ceres Courier/ November 23, 2011