Lois Garrett, age 98, joined her Lord and Savior on Oct. 2, 2008. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Funeral Services will be held at Higginbotham Funeral Home in Cross Plains at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008. Burial will follow at the Burkett Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Lois Garrett Memorial Fund at the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 160, Cross Plains, TX 76443. Donations will be used to complete the furnishing of the newly rebuilt church. Lois was a faithful, life-long member of the Methodist Church.
Lois DeBusk Garrett was born to Sam DeBusk and Jenny Brooke DeBusk on June 24, 1910, at the family home near Burkett. Lois was the fifth child of six, and the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam DeBusk. Lois married to E.L. (Buck) Garrett in July, 1928, at the age of 18. Lois was preceded in death by her infant son, William Dickson Garrett in 1936, and her husband E.L. (Buck) Garrett, in 1984. Lois is the last surviving child of Sam and Jenny DeBusk.
As a child, Lois attended school in Cross Plains, and had the distinction of being the person who chose the mascot for the school, the Cross Plains Buffaloes. Thanks to Lois, Cross Plains has been home to the Buffaloes since 1927. Lois led a colorful life and lived in many areas of the world, including Caracas, Venezuela, Hobbs, N.M., and several cities in Texas, including Ranger, Pampa, Borger, Big Spring, Odessa, Fort Worth and Brownwood, before retiring in Cross Plains.
Lois worked as a clerical and administrative assistant at many banks, insurance companies and oil companies during her married years. Lois and her husband returned to the United States in 1950, from South America, and purchased the Austin-Morris Furniture Store in Brownwood. In 1962 Lois and E.L. retired in Cross Plains, where Lois has made her home for the remainder of her life.
Lois has made many contributions to the Cross Plains community, including her tireless work with the Library, The Senior Citizens Center, and the First United Methodist Church of Cross Plains. Lois led an active life and enjoyed riding her bicycle, playing golf, and working in her garden into her 80s. Lois was an avid historian and kept many memorabilia for the DeBusk, Brooke, Koenig, and Eubank families in this area.
Lois and E.L. were the parents of only one child, a son who died shortly after birth. When Lois’s sister, Cora Belle Koenig, died of cancer in 1959, Lois took on the role of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to Dick Koenig, his children and grandchildren, and Frieda Belle Koenig, and her children and grandchildren.
Lois became known to the entire community as simply “Aunt Lois.” Lois loved life, people and pets, and she brought joy, love and laughter to all those around her.
Lois is survived by her nephews Dick Koenig of Cross Plains; Pat DeBusk of Houston; Jack Angely of Earth; nieces Natalie Klick of Boulder, Colorado, Judy Reynolds of Dallas, and host of great-nieces and great-nephews.