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Jean Jerry Garbarina

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Jean Jerry Garbarina


Jean Jerry Garbarini, 88, was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and wife of Dr. Joseph Charles Garbarini. She was born in Memphis February 6, 1929. In 1948, she graduated from Messick High School and began her college years attending Memphis State University. There she was a Campus Beauty, Freshman Queen, Angel Flight member, and a charter member of Phi Mu. Jean was named Sweetheart of Joe's medical fraternity. The other nominee was Barbara Walker. The following week after Jean became fraternity royalty, Barbara was crowned Miss America. From the ages of 14 and 16 Jean and Joe were high school sweethearts. In 1950, Jean married the love of her life. They were happily married 64 years. As an active volunteer, she was a member and held office in every organization she supported. She was a founding member of Ave Maria Guild and St. Joseph Circle. For many years the 19th Century Club repeatedly elected her Art Director. Other organizations include Madonna Circle, Circle Arts, Fair Meadows Garden Club, St. Agnes Academy Mothers' Club, and the National League of American Pen Women. Especially close to her heart were the MSU basketball group, card group, and Birthday Club. She was a communicant of St. Louis Catholic Church. Always artistic and creative, Elmer Blaylock was a favorite painting instructor. She produced dozens of oils and happily gave them to family, friends, civic groups, and charitable auctions. Jean entered her art in the MidSouth Fair and was pleased to take home blue ribbons. Jean will be remembered as creator of the Peabody Ducks Book and A Day with the Ducks Coloring Book. She and her dear friend, Marty Garrety, formed their own publishing company, Duck Tale Productions. Jean had drawn the logo and had it trademarked. That same year Disney had produced a series of network cartoons called Duck Tales. When Disney was notified the name was taken, the company bought her trademark. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Charles Garbarini and beloved sister, Joy Jerry Berretta. She is survived by two daughters, Vicki Bennett (Ed) and Darla Sellers (Randy) of Alexandria, Virginia, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her great love of family was always evident. The family is grateful for the staff of Trezevant Episcopal Home and Methodist Hospice. We extend a special thanks to Rhonda Jean Crawford, LaDonna Pugh, Mallory Harris, and Betty Paschal for their exceptional love, sensitivity, and attentive care. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to: St. Agnes Academy 4830 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis TN 38117. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 12 at Memorial Park Funeral Home from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a funeral service to follow.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 11, 2017
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