She left behind a wonderful husband Harry Garrett, who loved her dearly.
They loved coming and supporting the Y.
They were always together. She always had a smile on her face and always came in singing. The one thing she loved most was music Lois completed her Masters of Music degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. Lois taught at Carson Jr. High. She helped design the Powell Jr. High School and Taylor Jr/ High School music facilities. Lois loved teaching choral music to junior high school students.
In return, they have shown their affection for their teacher in many ways for years. Lois was the children’s choir director at First United Methodist Church, Trinity Baptist Church, and Desert View Baptist Church. She was a “teacher” in these settings of music and her love of her Lord, Jesus Christ. After she retired for the fourth time she kept the Garrett Music Studio open till just a few days before she went to Banner Desert Hospital. Her love for children and making sure they could share her passion for music was her number one goal and made her the happiest. She was a ray of sunshine and always made everyone feel like a friend.
Besides teaching music Lois had a love of performing in opera and musicals such as “Kiss Me Kate”, “Oklahoma”, “Bells Are Ringing”, “My Fair Lady”, “The Merry Widow”, “The Desert Song” and “Babes in Toyland”. During college, she also sang in several operas. At the conclusion of her senior year, Lois flew to Minneapolis to audition for the Metropolitan Opera. Lois was praised highly by the judging panel. Because of her young age, they felt she needed to have two years of coaching from a master teacher and two to three years of experience in the European opera scene.
BUT she had to decide between an opera career and teaching music to junior high students. She chose the junior high age students and never looked back.
She will be dearly missed, by all of us here at Ross Farnsworth YMCA.