Cloe T. Garrison, 82, of Sunnyside, beloved wife and mother passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, from complications of a severe stroke suffered on Friday, Nov. 28, 2009.
Cloe was born March 5, 1927 in Prosser, the seventh child of John and Elizabeth Throckmorton.
She moved as an infant with her family to Port Angeles, where she spent her early years. The family lived in an old farm house in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains where Cloe and her siblings attended a two-room country school. Cloe attended junior high school in Port Angeles, schools and her freshman year of high school in Othello. In 1942 Cloe and her sisters moved to Grandview, where she met her future husband Roger, and graduated from high school in 1945.
Cloe was a lady of considerable talents and interests. She loved music, a passion she passed along to her children. As a teenager she played bugle in the Port Angels Junior Legion Drum and Bugle Corps and later in Grandview, played trumpet in the Grandview High School Band and the French horn in the orchestra, and appeared in many school plays. When the family moved to Sunnyside in 1954 after her husband's college years, she, together with the later Betty Salvini, organized the Sunnyside Junior Women's Club, which flourished for many years in the community. She used her artistic talents to paint many beautiful ceramic pieces which are a priceless heritage to her children. Her talents in the kitchen, especially in the pie making arts, are legendary in the family and she loved to pass on her knowledge. Cloe loved to travel in their fifth wheel, and she and her husband criss-crossed the country seeing the sights and documenting family history and heritage. Cloe made life-long friends through her bridge clubs and other community organizations.
Cloe was very active in the community, a devout Democrat and a tireless volunteer on many political committees. She was the fourth Congressional District Democratic Vice Chairman for two terms, and was heavily involved in the campaigns of President John F. Kennedy and Governor Albert Rosellini as well as many others. Cloe had a particular passion for libraries, and served for nearly 20 years on the Sunnyside Library Board and was chairman of the Yakima Regional Library Board for two terms. She was appointed by Governor Dan Evans to the Washington State Library Commission representing the rural residents of Washington.
Cloe was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She gave selflessly of her time and energy to her family, friends and community.
Cloe is survived by her husband of 62 years Roger K. Garrison; her daughters, Cathrine M. Smith (Ron) of Redmond, Carolyn Williams (Robert) of Portland and Christine Garrison of Kirkland; two sons, Douglas Garrison of Sunnyside and Paul Garrison (Kathi) of Colville. Cloe was blessed with seven grandchildren, Rachel, Steven and Jason Smith, Christine Jones and Christopher, Casey and Jacob Garrison; five great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jackson Jones, Gabrielle Smith, Rylee Jo and Austin Garrison; and two sisters, Irma Loomis of Aberdeen and Etherl Evenson of Cosmopolis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her oldest son, John A. Garrison in 2008; her four brothers, Harold, Claude, Clyde and Wayne Throckmorton; as well as one sister, Merle Alexander.
A Rosary will be recited Friday, Jan. 8, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside. In accordance to her fervent wishes, her remains will be cremated. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.
Memorials may be made to your personal favorite charity in her honor or to the Seattle Children's Hospital Guild Association (support group for the Children's Orthopedic Hospital of Seattle) of which Cloe was a 50- year member.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.