Garnet Jo (Ralston) Chappell Dimondale An educator, Garnet gave us perhaps her most important lesson in the weeks before her last breath at the age of 69 on Saturday, December 28, 2013. She showed us how to handle physical pain and immense decisions with strength, faith, love and humor. Becoming a teacher had been Garnet's dream since childhood as a daughter of Beatrice and Lyle Ralston. She graduated from Holt High School in 1962, completed a degree from Alma College and became an elementary and preschool teacher in Dimondale. In 1982, Garnet joined a pioneering educational software start-up, Hartley Courseware, Inc. (an INC 500 company). She went on to complete a master's degree from MSU and worked as an educational software consultant. Later, she opened Kaleidoscope, a children's bookstore. In addition to teaching, Garnet always answered the call to service. She served as an EMT for Windsor Township, a Girl Scout leader and lifelong Girl Scout; a deacon, elder and church secretary at First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale; and Community Lay Director for Lansing Area Emmaus. Garnet believed God is love, and touched the lives of many with her generous love. Her greatest earthly love was her husband, Michael, of 46 years, who survives her. He owns Mike's Village Restaurant and serves as the Village President of Dimondale. She was devoted to her children, Bromley of Dimondale, Brooke (Matt Lindemann) of Lansing, HyunJu of Los Angeles, and Cameron of Pittsburgh; her siblings Connie Ralston of Hampton, Va., Eileen (Ted) Krawczynski of Dimondale; Richard (Lisa) Ralston of Howell; grand-daughter Zoie; 12 nieces and nephews; and many cousins. Garnet's other loves included the Spartans, music, reading, camping, traditions, and celebrations. Services were held Friday, January 3, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale. Contributions in her honor may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale, Dimondale Home Culture Club Danford Island Park Project, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, or Renucci Hospitality House of Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Field & Leik Funeral Home, Dimondale.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 12, 2014