Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


August 15, 2013

Millie Garrett

JACKSONVILLE — Mildred (Millie) Ditto Garrett, R.N. and lifelong Jacksonville resident was called to Heaven on Aug. 7, 2013. Millie had relocated to be closer to her surviving daughter Gay Garrett of Hous-ton,  but Jacksonville was always "home."  Millie was born to Leo C. Ditto and Mabel Ray Ditto.  She also had a sister, Edith Ditto Curtis.

After attending Jacksonville High School and graduating with the class of 1941, Millie attended Lon Morris College. Her dream in life was to be a flight attendant, but at that time the criteria included being petite in stature, and one also had to have a nursing degree. Millie met the first requirement, but after attending Lon Morris and receiving her nursing degree from Scott and White Hospital in Temple, she was now prepared to pursue her career of being a flight attendant. She had a change in direction when she met and married Arthur Eugene Garrett, Jr. of San Angelo and started her real career of raising their two children, son, Arthur Eugene Garrett III, and daughter Gay Ann Garrett.

Millie loved Jack-sonville and all its wonderful people. For many years she was a member of the First Christian Church, and in her later years joined Central Baptist Church.

One of her many accomplishments was serving as City Greeter for 10 years and was described as a great ambassador for Jack-sonville by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

Her favorite pastimes consisted of bridge, Mahjong, and needlepoint which were only surpassed by her shopping and attending Dallas summer musicals with her many loyal friends.  

Her warm smile with which she started each day, happy spirit, and love of life will be missed by all.  

Memorial services for Millie Garrett are scheduled for Sat., Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. at Autry Funeral Home 1025 SE 456, Jacksonville, Texas 75766. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas Kidney Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or the charity of your choice.

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