Shirley Garrison

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Aug 3, 1921 - Feb 20, 2012 EDMOND Shirley Cummings Garrison, 90, of Touchmark at Coffee Creek, Edmond, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2012. She was born in Barre, Vermont, daughter of the late Florence and James Cummings. Mrs. Garrison grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and received her college degree from Westbrook College and her dental hygiene training from the University of Rochester. She was employed as a hygienist for several years and more recently worked for Nichols Travel in Edmond. Mrs. Garrison was married for 64 years to Joe Garrison, who predeceased her in 2004. They moved to Edmond after their children were grown and resided there for many years. After her husband retired from Kerr-McGee, they moved to Hilton Head, South Carolina, but returned to Edmond and their many friends. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond and a volunteer with the Urban Mission of Oklahoma City. Within the church, she was a member of Rebekah Circle and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Mrs. Garrison enthusiastically traveled to many places with her husband, a highlight being a four-month Millennium cruise around the world. Additionally, she played bridge, attended the theater, and spent time with her family and friends. She was also active in several women's golf and tennis organizations. Mrs. Garrison is survived by her three children: Steven (Gail) Garrison of Chillicothe, Illinois; Diane (Berke) Reichenbach of San Diego, California; and Joe (Brenda) Garrison of Branford, Connecticut. She had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her three brothers: Newell, Russell, and Milton Cummings; as well as her sister, Elaine Pratt. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to either the Urban Mission, 3737 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73112; or to the Infant Crisis Center, 4224 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 26, 2012
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