GARNER Although the world has lost an amazing mother and a dedicated grandmother, Heaven has gained an angel. Enough of the typical, if she would have written her own obituary it would have gone something like this: Annette (Pammie) Garner, 84, has finally kicked the proverbial bucket after a 15+ year battle with Alzheimer's. Perhaps she had Scottie beam her up, or she phoned home reporting minimal intelligent life remaining. Either way, the offer, which she couldn't refuse, came with a huge sign-on bonus of a reunion with her family including her son Eliot. Born in the depression, and raised on victory gardens, she was a patriotic American who deeply desired to leave the world a better place than she found it. She was a lover of many things including fishing (at one time holding 17 separate fishing licenses), gardening, sewing, cooking, and family-probably in that order. A libertarian to the core, and a lifelong NRA member, she agreed to give up the car but never the 410 shotgun. If you knew her you repetitively heard phrases such as can't died in the woods, God willing and the creek don't rise, and the world has gone hell in a hand basket. Fiercely loyal to her family, a true provider of unconditional love, she is survived by her children Ree, Eric, Tommy, and Monique, 13 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. If it wasn't for the damn Alzheimer's and the extraordinary cost of this obituary she might have been able to list all of the grands. She is preceded by her parents Chester and Vesta Johnson, her brother Billy Johnson, her son Eliot, and her greatest love Ronald Reagan; ironically passing on his birthday. She finally gave up her fight reporting that while Obamacare didn't kill her, another Clinton in the White House probably would so she was getting out while she still could. In lieu of flowers, she respectfully requests that you vote for anyone other than Hillary. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. Entombment in Oaklawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, FL. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223, www.hgmandarin.com
Published by Florida Times-Union on Feb. 9, 2016.