Ann Woods Garrett, born June 18, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri, died peacefully in her home November 27, 2012 at the age of 70.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Benton and Vera Mae Summers, a brother, Benton Summers Jr. and her nephew, Michael Benton Collins.
She is survived by her sister, Jane Collins of West Plains, her niece, Sarah Jane Howerton and husband Scott of McCall, ID, a great-niece, Molly Beth Collins and a great-nephew, Bryant Dean Collins, both of West Plains and several cousins.
Ann grew up in Camarillo, CA and graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 1960. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA where she received her degree in elementary education in 1964.
Ann taught elementary school for 37 years in California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. She ended her career in 2002 after nearly twenty years of teaching third grade at South Fork Elementary School in West Plains.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. She served as treasurer for many years for the local chapter of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association. She held several offices, including president, of XI Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Ann loved visiting with her friends, gardening, cooking, reading and especially playing bridge.
Ann loved to travel and was always ready to take the next trip. Her travels took her to 5 continents and all fifty states. She especially enjoyed chaperoning several West Plains High School Concert Choir overseas tours and going on mission trips with her church. She cooked for many of the Jamaica mission trips and had many stories to tell about getting food through Jamaican customs and purchasing food while in Jamaica. She was so disappointed when her health no longer allowed her to make these trips.
Arrangements are being handled by Carter Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held, Friday, Nov, 30th at 4:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church. Private graveside services will be held at a later date in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Warrensburg, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jamaica Mission Trips of the First United Methodist Church or Whetstone Boys Ranch of Mt View, MO.