Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mom's Obituary

Patricia Ann Mellor Garrard
1961 ~ 2009
Our loving wife, mom, and grandma returned home to our Heavenly Father Tuesday afternoon, surrounded by her family, after a 7 year courageous fight against cancer.
Pat was born January 26, 1961 in Spanish Fork, UT to LaVelle and Virginia Adams Mellor. She graduated from Orem High School in 1979. She married her eternal companion, L. James Garrard, in the Manti Temple on March 15, 1980.
Pat was a member of the LDS Big Canyon Ward. She held many callings in the Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society Presidency, but her most favorite calling was in the nursery. She will always be their “Grandma Pat.”
Mom loved being surrounded by her family and friends. She held a special place in her heart for all of her nieces and nephews. She loved walking around Brighton in the fall, snowmobiling in the winter, planting her flowers in the spring and camping at Potter’s Pond in the summer. She loved to cook for her family, quilt with her friends and will always be famous for her homemade salsa.
Mom was the most selfless person we have ever known. We always knew we could count on her for help with anything from babysitting grandkids, cooking meals for neighbors or finding lost items.
We love you, Mom. Your courage and your strength have been such an inspiration to us all. We take such comfort in knowing that Families are Forever and that you are having a beautiful reunion in Heaven.
Pat is survived by her husband; children: Josh (Leeann), Cameron (Brittenay), Brittney, Cody; Grandchildren: Bailey, Ryleigh, Avery, Luke, Presley, Kaylana, Malia, Landon, Carson; brothers: Dennis (Barbara), Steve (Cindy) and sister: June (Merrill) Thomas, Mother and Father in-law: Leslie and Janet Garrard and many brother and sister in-laws.
Preceded in death by her parents and Son: Jared.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the town of Lake Point for all their service, Dr. Xylina Greg, Dr. Anna Beck and hospice services.
A Viewing will be held Friday the 22nd from 6 pm to 8 pm at the LDS chapel - 57 West Porter Way Stansbury Park and a short viewing Saturday 11 am at the Lake Point Chapel, prior to the funeral. Funeral services will be held Saturday the 23rd 12 pm, at the Lake Point Chapel. Interment will be the Lake Point Cemetery.
Thanks for the rainbow, Mom.


Gail said...

Beautiful! What an amazing lady! I will miss her so much.

suebug said...

Ah, sweet Pat. You truly are one of my hero's. How can I express to you and your wonderful family, how much I admired, looked up to, and respected you. You are a fighter, a true hopeful warrior...heaven holds a special place for women like you! I love you, I will miss you, I will continue to hope for a cure- in honor of well sweet lady!

Erin said...

That was beautifully written. Many sympathies to you and your family. Lots of hugs!

Coby said...

I'm assuming you wrote the obit...beautifully done!

Annie said...

what a great tribute. you are in my thoughts and prayers.

common mom said...

What a wonderful woman. You were truly blessed to have her in your life.

I cannot imagine the hurt you and your family are feeling.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers!


bequi said...

She sounds like a wonderful person. I'm still thinking of you. Let me know if you want cookies or babysitting or anything. I will totally drive out there for you.

mickey said...

i love it leeann. she was an amazing woman who loved all those she knew. and with a warmth, true, and honest love. she was so kind and sincere. we will love and miss her dearly.

Mortons said...

Leeann, I don't even know if you know me. I knew who you were in high school but I have been reading and following your blog. It is beautiful and you are an amazing woman just like you sweet mom. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You really are so amazing and strong. Thank you for your blog. The honesty and the passion. You are a talented writer and a truly wonderful person.