Garrett, Edith “Bessie” Scott (Nee Bean)
Edith Garrett, our loving Mom, passed away quietly in the early hours of Tues. Nov.2nd at the age of 85. As the youngest of six children and one step-brother, she was predeceased by her Father, David Bean of North Dakota; her Mother Elizabeth Bean Brown of Coutts-Milk River, then Magrath; her step-father Frank Brown of Magrath; and all of her siblings, as well as both her first husband, Murray Scott of Southern Alberta; and her second husband Thomas Garrett of Coalhurst.
She is survived by her children, Lorna (Edward) Frache of Lethbridge, Ken (Barb) Scott of Slave Lake, Glen Scott of Raymond, Gary (Vicki) Scott of Lethbridge, and Holly (Barry) Fisk of Raymond; one sister-in-law, Jane Ellen DeMitri of Kelowna; as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; “as-good-as-sisters” friends; friends and neighbours. Mom loved all her extended family – whether you were literal family or adopted in. If she loved you, you were extended family.
Edith (known through Elementary and Junior High by the name Bessie, then affectionately known as Edie), lived and attended school in Coutts/Milk River, then in Magrath for last two years of High School, where she made life-long sister-friends. She excelled early in reading, which became a life-long enjoyment and comfort to her. Mom loved life, and loved people. One of her strongest talents was in cheering, supporting and encouraging others to excel in what they loved to do. She enjoyed listening to good music, and loved dancing. Other enjoyments included Basketball (in Jr. High), Badminton (which she enjoyed playing with her kids in the church gym weekly for several years), camping, swimming, family gatherings, sewing, teaching her kids to cook and sew, hugging, and more Reading!
Some of her careers: In the ‘50’s and early 60’s she was a Telephone Operator; stay-home Mom; Office Assistant (she went to business school when Holly was young, complete with typewriters and short-hand); Driver Trainer; Amway Associate, and Personal make-up/dress/appearance coach; Assistant in a cloth-diaper service; and finally support for Tom’s excavating business, then retirement.
She sewed dance and Hallowe’en costumes for us. Bundled up to cheer for outdoor games played in all weather. She enjoyed listening to good music, and loved dancing. Even though she wasn’t a great singer herself, she encouraged us in piano and singing lessons and choirs, and as a chorister in church, she ensured that youth had opportunities to grow and share their talents.
Another of Mom’s strengths was in finding creative solutions to problems. Mom/Edith loved the out-doors, and at least twice was Cub and/or Blazer Scout leader. In a time before back-packs were available for everyone, she wanted her Blazer Scouts (Trail-Blazers) to be able to carry their lunches in some sort of pack, so she sewed simple back-packs for each of her troupe out of the pant-legs of Dad’s worn work-pants, and painted on the Trail-Blazer emblem.
Edith has spent the past 9 months receiving wonderful care from the staff at both Lethbridge and Raymond hospitals, and Good Samaritan’s residences in Magrath, Raymond and most recently Cardston. We sincerely thank all those at each facility for their kindness and compassion.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Street Chapel (221 North, 400 West, Raymond). All are welcome, however for those who wish, live-streaming will be available at www.generationsfh.ca, and scroll to the bottom of Edith’s obituary. Interment will follow at Magrath Cemetery.
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