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Ruth Alice Garrett, 90, died May 16, 2013, in Poteau.
She was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Palestine, Texas, to C.S. and Myrtle (Hughes) Carter. Ruth was the 12th of 13 children and the last to part this earth. She retired from civil service after more than 30 years, working for low-income housing in Talihina. In addition, she worked for lawyers and did taxes for more than 50 years. She was a dedicated member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church for some 70 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Ed Garrett; a son, Jerry Vadnais; siblings, Lillian Dagley, Reath Burleson, Pal Jones, Marge Sweeten, Ethel Vian, Jane LaRue, Bouge Carter, Jess Carter, Web Carter, Casey Carter, Doc Carter and Bill Carter; and one great-grandson, Baby Charley.
Ruth is survived by her children, Mike Vadnais and wife Carlette of Broken Bow, Pat Vadnais and wife Sue of Visalia, Calif., Jack and wife Thea Vadnais of Napa, Calif., Jeanie and husband Donnie Holland of Poteau; 13 grandchildren, Chad, Monie, Angelia, John, Clint, Tammie, Shelly, Terra, Caitlin, Jack, Tommy, Mike, and Timothy; 21 great grandchildren and more than 100 others who thought of her as their grandmother; a daughter-in-law, Helen Vadnais of Talihina; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and loved ones.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Wageman, David Holland, Michael Holland, John Vadnais, Monie Vadnais and Evan King. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Carter and Bobby King.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, with Bro. Jeff Little officiating. Burial will be in Talihina Cemetery.
You may offer condolences to the family from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. You may leave an online greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com.
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