Wilma Charlene Garr, 71, of LaGrange, Mo., passed away peacefully in her home she shared with her husband, Harry “Poochie” Garr and their beloved dog, Sophie on October 26, 2021.
Wilma was born September 9, 1950 in Macomb, Ill., to Jesse Lee and Violet Jerean “Jean” Downey. Wilma married the love of her life, Harry “Poochie” Garr in LaGrange, Mo., on July 8, 1983. He survives.
Wilma was a graduate of Augusta High School, August, Ill., class of 1968. She furthered her education at Southeastern Community College, Keokuk, Ia., where she obtained her associates degree in nursing.
Wilma worked at Sheller Globe in Keokuk, Ia., and liked to talk about her experience there and the people she met there. It was her passion and drive to take care of people and she did this through her career in nursing. She worked at Colchester Nursing Home, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Lewis County Nursing Home. She became the Director of Nursing at Country Aire Retirement Estates where she obtained her certification in geriatrics. She later retired, due to ill health from the Illinois Veterans Home in 2013.
Along with her husband, Wilma leaves to cherish her memory three children: Harry Garr, Kansas City, Mo.,; Angie (Rick) Robertson of Blanchester, Ohio; Amber (Richie) Hudnut of Canton, Mo.; four grandchildren, Aridessa “Dessa” Robertson, Shelby Robertson, Noelle Robertson, Olivia Garr, and Garrett Hudnut; mother-in-law Carmelita Watkins; uncle, Leo “Red” Downey; brother, Jesse “Jay” Downey; nieces; Jennifer Moore, LeAnn (Jason) Clifford; great-niece Elizabeth Clifford; great-nephews Justin Clifford and Zarren Moore.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Norma Jean Dochterman, brother-in-law James Dochterman and niece Jesse Jerean Dochterman.
Wilma enjoyed family gatherings, coloring, baking, and nursing; but what brought her the most joy in her life was her grandchildren. She will truly be missed by family, friends and colleagues in the nursing community.
Funeral services were held October 30, 2021. at the Davis Funeral Home in LaGrange, Mo., with Rev. Paul Kinney officiating. Visitation was held prior to services. Honorary Pallbearers: James Dade Jr., Wayne Lewis, Claude Humphrey, Findley Lewis Jr., Sam Garr Sr., Mike Thomas, Scott Harrison, Rick Robertson, Richie Hudnut and Tracy Moore. Music: A Song for Mama, Go Rest High on that Mountain, Walk around Heaven all Day and a vocal selection by Montae Dade.
Burial will be held at a later date in the LaBelle Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to Lewis County Nursing Home or Country Aire Retirement Estates’ activity fund in care of Davis Funeral Home, P.O. Box 146, La Grange, MO 63448.
Online condolences may be made at www.davis-fh.com
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