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WINTER HAVEN - Garnett Reed Boggs, 94, entered into rest on May 17, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale of heart failure with members of her loving family by her side. Garnett's influence as an educator exceeded half a century and imparted upon countless young minds a lifelong pursuit of knowledge and self discovery. She was the matriarch of three generations who reside throughout the United States.
She is survived by her youngest brother, Glenn Reed, of League City, Texas; three daughters, Carol Coile and Jane Barfield of Winter Haven, and Linda Salley of Anaheim, CA; devoted daughter-in-law, Mary Pat Boggs of Winter Haven, and treasured son-in-law, Hammond Salley. She had seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Professor James Robert Boggs, her only son, James Oliver (Jim) Boggs, and her brothers Eugene Reed of Winter Haven and Warren E. Reed of California.
Garnett's life journey began in rural West Virginia on September 7, 1919, where she grew up and later reared her four children. Garnett earned her Teaching Certificate from Glenville State Teachers'College in Glenville, WV, and later her Bachelor's Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In 1958 the entire family relocated to Central Florida where she earned her Master's in Education at the University of Florida. She taught school in Polk County at Frostproof, Brigham, Wahneta, and First Baptist Elementary Schools as well as courses in Adult Ongoing Education and provided tutoring services for individuals within the community.
At 92 years of age Garnett published Fifty Years in the Classroom, a memoir depicting five decades of her teaching triumphs and travails and Totally Katy, about a fourth grade girl and her changing perceptions of the world around her.
A family memorial service will be held in June at Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof.

Published in Ledger from May 23 to May 24, 2014
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