Margaret Sue Garrett, 92, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2021. Born in Annona in Red River County, Texas, on May 31, 1928, to Hiram Chessier Simmons and Sudie Florence (Hunt) Simmons, she was the only daughter in a family of seven sons and spent her early years helping her mother with the household chores on the family farm. She graduated from Annona High School in 1945, where she was a pep squad leader for their six-man football team and played on the girls’ basketball team.
Upon graduation Margaret attended Draughon’s Business College in Dallas and soon after married her high school sweetheart, Benjamin Alexander Garrett, in October 1946. She was a loving wife and mother to their three children: Larry Neal, Jerry Don, and Sue Ann. Her first job outside the home was working for Business Men’s Assurance Company in Dallas, and later she enjoyed careers with John Deere and Braniff Airlines until her retirement in 1991.
After moving to numerous Texas towns for Ben’s work, the family settled in Farmers Branch in the 1950s. There Margaret joined Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch as a charter member in January 1957 and remained a life member. She treasured her involvement with the Spirit ChristCare women’s group, who dedicated their lives in the service for God. She also served as the Publicity and Yearbook Chairperson for the United Methodist Women for many years. In addition to her church activities, she enjoyed a life filled with family fishing and hunting trips with Ben and her brothers.
Survivors include son Larry Garrett and wife Linda of Coppell; son Jerry Garrett and wife Debbie of Coppell; daughter Sue Ann Chaffin and husband Tim of Lewisville; brothers John Simmons and wife Veta of Dallas, Gene Simmons and wife Jenny of Texarkana, Tom Simmons and wife Betty of Richmond, Virginia, Marvin Simmons and wife Ann of Paris; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were husband Ben in 2009; her parents; and her brothers James Simmons, Robert Simmons, and David Simmons.
A funeral to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 2807 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234. Visitation will be one hour before the service time at the church.
Burial will take place on Wednesday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211. Those who wish to attend the interment may meet at the funeral home between 9:30-10:00 a.m. for a 10:00 departure.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the church or funeral home, or memorial donations may be made to ChristCare Group, check payable to CUMC with memo line designated “MGarrett donation to ChristCare Group.”
North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas, 75234, is handling arrangements.
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