Margaret Garrison remembered as 'people magnet'

COLUMBIA — Margaret Garrison was known for her humor and conversation.

"The best way to sum up my mother is to call her a people magnet," said her daughter Ann Korschgen. "She was able to relate to all kinds of people."

Margaret Adelle Walton Garrison of Columbia died on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. She was 84.

She was born on March 17, 1927, in Marshall to Cecil and Eva (Bailey) Walton.

She married Robert Garrison in Doniphan at her mother's home on Dec. 8, 1946.

Mrs. Garrison managed Garrison Used Furniture for 15 years. She also served on the Doniphan City Council as its first female member for 10 years, serving eight years as its president pro tem.

She was a member of the Doniphan Methodist Church for 50 years where she sang in the choir.

Three years ago, after her husband's death, Mrs. Garrison moved to Columbia to be near her daughter Ann and son-in-law Carl Korschgen.

Mrs. Garrison enjoyed interacting with family, friends and the community. Mrs. Garrison was especially fond of babies and would often get visits from nearby residents and their children while working at the furniture store.

She was an "avid newshound," Korschgen said. She followed city government closely even after moving to Columbia and even considered running for City Council.

"She also liked the Missouri football coach," Korschgen said. One of her fondest memories was meeting Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. The two had a conversation, and she got a photograph with him.

She is survived by two daughters, Ann Korschgen and her husband, Carl, of Columbia and Janet Garrison and her husband, John Molberg of Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother, John Walton,and his wife, Judi, of Sun City, Ariz.; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Her husband and four sisters died earlier.

Private burial will be in the Doniphan Oak Grove Cemetary.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Missouri Humane Society at 616 Big Bear Road, Columbia, MO 65202; or to the United Methodist Church at 305 Plum St., Doniphan, MO 63935.

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