SHELBY - Elaine Odenath Garrett, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Hospice Kings Mountain. Born on Jan. 23, 1925, in Morristown, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Cornelia Flanagan Odenath.
She was a member of Elizabeth Baptist Church and she was a former member of Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia for 35 years, where she taught Sunday school. She went back to Gardner Webb College at the age of 43 and earned her RN degree. She worked at Gaston Memorial in the ICU and retired at the age of 68.
Elaine loved helping children learn to read and volunteered at Sherwood Elementary School. Elaine enjoyed reading, traveling, doing ceramics, knitting and entertaining.
In addition to her parents, Elaine is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Garrett, Jr.; and her beloved pet, "Cody."
Elaine is survived by her son, Larry Garrett and wife Nan of Greenville; a daughter, Susan Robinson and husband Mike of Shelby; four grandchildren, Heather Garrett, Jennifer Schoolfield and husband Matt, Richard Robinson and wife Nikki, and Meredith Dent and husband Billy; and seven grandchildren, Garrett and Davis Schoolfield, Ethan, Carson, and Zoey Robinson, and Alexis and Garrett Dent.
Visitation: The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the sanctuary. At other times the family will be at the home of Susan and Mike Robinson, 2417 Chatfield Road, Shelby.
Funeral service: 3 p.m. Saturday at Elizabeth Baptist Church
Officiated by: Dr. Rit Varriale and the Rev. Mike Shumate
Burial: Will follow at Cleveland Memorial Park
Funeral home: Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Memorials: May be made to Union Baptist Church,Choir Fund, 3800 Polkville Road Shelby NC 28150 or Hospice Cleveland County 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150
Guest registry: www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 13, 2014