FRANCES A. GARRETT
September 1, 1914 - March 3, 2014
Frances A. Garrett was born in Oakland, CA, Sept. 1, 1914 to Walter Ransom Moody and Anna Elizabeth (Davis) Moody. She was raised on the family farm in Sacramento with two sisters and two brothers. The children all attended a one room schoolhouse. The farm was an endless source of activity, mischief and fun for these close knit siblings. Frances attended High School in Sacramento, and then found nursing to be her lifelong calling. She attended nursing school in San Francisco in the 1930s, at the same time the Golden Gate Bridge was being built. She was married to James Eldridge, and then later to Edgar E. Garrett.
After nursing school, Frances worked as a nurse in Sacramento until the family moved to San Diego in 1958. She returned to nursing in Sacramento in 1967 for a few years and then her talent for care extended into working with troubled children for several years at the Sacramento Children's Home. She later finished her career as a personal caregiver with private patients that were terminally ill. Frances moved to Boise, ID in 1996 to be near her only son Bill. She continued to work as a caregiver in Boise until 2006 retiring at the age of 91.
Her caring nature extended beyond people. She also loved to take care of plants and flowers, even having friends bringing sick plants for her to nurse back to health. Frances also loved her trips to Reno and a good day (and night) at the slot machines.
Frances is survived by her brother Bill Moody, a very close cousin Vivian, son William Eldridge and his wife Gail; grandchildren, Jennifer Butler, Jordon Eldridge, and Elizabeth Parker; and great-grandchildren, Jenna, Emily, Joseph, Grace, Baylee, Addison and Isabelle; and several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Genevieve and Ida-Adelle; and her brother, Jack.
Her family would like to thank Paramount Park Eagle, Treasure Valley Hospice and her doctor, Lisa Kern, for their excellent care of Frances.
No formal services will be held, cremation arrangements are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise. Inurnment will take place in Sacramento, at the family plot in Masonic Lawn Cemetery.
Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel
5400 Fairview Avenue Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman from Mar. 4 to Mar. 9, 2014