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Berta Garrett, March 26, 1930-Oct. 19, 2012, of Columbia

October 20, 2012 | 5:23 p.m. CDT

Berta Dean Garrett, 82, of Columbia, passed away October 19, 2012.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home with a funeral service at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Berta was born on March 26, 1930, in Columbia to Kenneth Creed and Mildred Fay (Forbis) Dunn. She married Donald Garrett on March 28, 1953 in Columbia. Berta earned her nursing degree from Deaconess School of Nursing, St. Louis, was a staff member of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center for many years and helped co-found the Visiting Nurses Association. She was a member of Hallsville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald Garrett.

Berta is survived by one son, Bruce Garrett and his wife Melinda of Colorado Springs, CO; three daughters, Nancy Nowlin, Kim Theberge and her husband Charles and Jenifer Garrett, all of Columbia; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hallsville Baptist Church Building Fund 115 Elizabeth Street Hallsville, MO 65255.

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