Loraine Margaret Garrett
September 28, 1923 April 6, 2014
Loraine Margaret Garrett passed away peacefully at her home in Harbor City on April 6, 2014. Loraine was born to Theodore and Mabel Kittleson, on a farm in Bottineau, North Dakota, on September 28, 1923. She had an intimate knowledge of the land and guided hunters in her early years. In the winter of 1943 she joined the U.S. Navy where she served as a liaison between the Pentagon and Congress in Washington D.C. Known as "Kitty" during her time in the service, her exuberant sprit is best captured in a photo of her sitting, in uniform, on Lincoln's knee at the Memorial. Following the war, she returned to North Dakota where she met and married her husband of 67 years, Robert. Robert joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 1955 and moved the family to Arizona to help treat their son's asthma. During Robert's career, Loraine moved her family several times, living in various cities in Arizona, Texas, Montana, Puerto Rico, and California. Her great passion in her later years was rescuing, healing, and adopting the steady stream of abandoned dogs that came her way her second family. Loraine was proud to be part of the "Greatest Generation", growing up through the great depression, serving her country during WWII, and in raising a large family in the post-war era. Loraine's values and examples of service, kindness, humor, sacrifice, and most of all, love, are her legacy. She is survived by five children Ramona, Marion, Steven, Gerald, and Terry, six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son Bobby and her husband Robert. Loraine was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in San Pedro, on April 24, 2014, at 10 am, followed by interment at Riverside National Cemetery, next to her husband. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the ASPCA or your local animal shelter. Please sign the guestboom at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 20, 2014