Patricia “Pat” Garrett, 82, passed away Aug 13, 2020, at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville, FL.
She was born on Feb 4, 1938, in Nottingham, England where she was adopted by Eileen and Marcel Pinot-de-moira. She was raised in Nottingham with her brother Gabriel during World War II. She walked to and from school with her mother and her brother. Her brother and she wore Donald Duck gas masks and played stop-and- drop types of games with their mother, whenever the bomb sirens sounded, until the “all clear” was given.
Pat met her husband, Leamon Earl Garrett, after high school. They married July 25, 1959 and celebrated 51 years of marriage. Pat moved with Earl throughout his military career to several bases in different countries. During their marriage, Pat and Earl adopted 3 children. When Earl retired, they moved to Defuniak Springs, FL and eventually moved to Villa Tasso.
Pat began working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville in the late 1970’s. She assisted in the move of Twin Cities Hospital to their new location. In 1984, she received the Dr. Frisk Humanitarian Award for her service to the patients and the hospital. Pat loved being a nurse and loved taking care of patients. She worked in several hospitals and held several positions until retirement in the 1990s.
Pat battled cancer three times and won each fight. She fought many illnesses throughout retirement and survived. She always managed to have a joke ready in case someone needed a laugh. She always smiled and tried to keep everyone around her smiling too. She had a loving heart and would give hugs instead of handshakes. She did not meet a stranger and had a soft spot towards children and the elderly. Her joy was taking care of those who could not take care of themselves.
Pat always remembered God, tried to be a faithful Christian, and a devoted follower. She attended the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Niceville, FL for several years, and transitioned to the Friendship Baptist Church, Defuniak Springs, where she and Earl were active members. After Earl passed, Pat began attending the Rosemont Baptist Church in Niceville where she was an active member until her passing. She loved her church family (s). She was very disappointed the weekends she could not attend due to health reasons.
Pat had a short residency at The Manor nursing home in Bluewater Bay. She made several friends and loved the staff there. She would solve jigsaw puzzles as part of therapy and give them to other residents whom needed additional room decorations. She attended Sunday service there whenever she was unable to go to Rosemont church.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Leamon Earl Garrett, parents, Eileen and Marcel Pinot-de-moira, and great nephew Terrance Pinot-de-moira
Pat is survived by her brother, Gabriel Pinot-de-moira and wife Cynthia, niece Pamela and family, nephew Stephen and family all of England, her son, James "Jim" Garrett and his wife Teri of Niceville, daughter Lisette Lewis and husband David of Byron, GA, Eight grandchildren: Joey Lewis of Niceville, Tanner James “T.J” Lewis of Niceville, Zack Owens of Niceville, Michael Owens and wife Amanda of Guam, Randall Osterhout of Virginia, Elsie Osterhout of Statesboro, GA , and Ashley and Taylor Lewis of Ocean Springs, MS, Five Great-grandchildren: Chandler Lewis, Tanner “Fat Fat” Lewis, Evelynn Caillavet, Charlotte Caillavet, Noella Harris, and several loving nieces, nephews and friends.
There will be a Graveside service and burial, held at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, 2415 County Highway 1883, DeFuniak Springs, FL, on Wednesday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m. with Brother Doug Fannon officiating.
The family expresses deep gratitude for all the love, thoughts and prayers expressed at this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Rosemont Baptist Church, 1601 27th St, Niceville, FL 32578 in loving memory of Patricia Garrett.
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