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Ella Dee Garrett

Ms. Ella Dee Garrett, passed from this life on Friday, September 22, 2023, at the age of 93. She was a lifelong resident of the Cherry Hill community. The daughter of Roy and Helen (Germa) Shirley Garrett. She taught school for over 40 years starting her career at the Cherry Hill schools. She then when to complete her education at Southern Arkansas College and upon completion, taught in Columbia County and taught 2 years in Florida. When her father was killed in a farming accident, she returned to Polk County and secured a job with Mena Public Schools. This is where she completed her career. In retirement she continued to farm with a herd of angus cattle for several years, finally selling out and was content to garden, travel, and cheer on her beloved Razorbacks! Her last years she had caregivers that took excellent care of her to the end.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leroy (Lee) and Chester (Chuck) Garrett; sister-in-law, Kay Scott Garrett; sisters, Shirley Windham; brother-in-law, Horce Windham; and nephew, Roy Windham.

She is survived by sister, Willa Burton; nieces, Brenda (Virgil) Hampton, Holly Garrett; great-niece, Stephanie (Marshall) Butler; and great-great-nephew, David.

Special thanks to her loving caregivers who loved and cared for her like family, Helen Dunse, Debbie Alley, Bonnie Stiltner, Maria Porter, and Dala Baker. And her guardian, Rene Roberts. Also thank you to Elite Hospice and their wonderful caring staff and Area Agency Hospice.

In lieu of flowers make donations to either Elite Hospice or Area Agency Hospice or to the Mena Lioness Lions Back Pack Program.

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