Frances Garrett Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Frances Lee Garrett, 76, of Phoenix, Arizona, died Aug. 3, 2022, after a long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully at home, with her family by her side. Mrs. Garrett was born Frances Lee Voris in Springfield, Ohio on January 12, 1946, to Roma Rosalee White and Gordon Edward Voris. She moved to Phoenix in 1960 and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1964. In 1973 she married Lonzie Olan Garrett, whom she met while working together in the United States Postal Service. Frances and Lonzie raised two sons together: Brian Christopher Garrett, born in 1974, and Benjamin James Garrett, born in 1982. Frances has spent most of her professional career serving others; she graduated as an LPN in 1993 and spent more than a decade in nursing, caring primarily for patients with mental illness or those requiring round-the-clock care. She completed her long and fascinating career in nursing with jobs helping children – first as a school crossing guard, then as a school bus assistant before finally retiring in 2017. Frances is survived by her son , Benjamin James Garrett of Phoenix, Arizona; his sister, Vickie Lynn Green of Mesa, Arizona; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Roma Rosalee White and Gordon Edward Voris; brothers Gordon Michael Voris, Wilbur “Buddy” Brandon and William Edward Voris; husband Lonzie Olan Garrett; and his son Brian Christopher Garrett. Frances will be remembered as a proud mother, loyal sister and fiercely independent patriot. She was an avid reader and animal lover. She was ready for anything, from a nail to the nuclear apocalypse, and she was tougher than a two dollar steak. His laughter was contagious. An open house celebrating Frances’ life will be held August 27, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at her son’s residence in Phoenix. Memorial donations may be made to the Arizona Humane Society.

Posted on August 09, 2022

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