By HDN staff
GARNETT (ADAMS) LAVALLEY
JOPLIN Garnett May (Adams) LaValley, 80, died Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at a Chester hospital of cancer.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Joplin. Burial will follow in the Joplin Cemetery.
Garnett was born April 10, 1919, north of Joplin to Harvey and Katie (Higgins) Adams. She received her early education in Portland, Ore. Later the family moved back to Joplin where she attended Joplin schools. She graduated from Joplin High School in 1937.
On Oct. 23, 1941, she married David J. LaValley in Havre. The couple lived and farmed north of Joplin. The couple also lived in Great Falls where she was employed as librarian for the Great Falls Public School District. They returned to the farm in 1963.
Garnett was a community social worker. She served on the Board of the H.R.D.C. for Liberty and Hill counties for 12 years. She participated in the local B.P.W. organization, was a 4-H leader for 16 years, and was a member of a local Home Demonstration Club.
She enjoyed cooking and baking. She won a Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest for her Pretzel Chicken and was awarded a trip to Maryland to demonstrate her recipe. She also enjoyed music, dancing, gardening, watching game shows, playing the piano and violin, rattlesnake hunting and playing the slot-machines.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Charles and sisters, Ruby, Pearl, and Opal.
Survivors include her husband, Dave of Joplin; a daughter, Barbara LaValley of Portland, Oregon; sons, Ron LaValley of Spokane, Wash., Gary LaValley of Havre and Dave LaValley of Milwaukie, Oregon; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Undesignated memorials will be given to the Liberty County Hospital and Nursing Home.
Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester.