Jean L. Garner, 88, of Carlisle, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at UPMC-Pinnacle Carlisle. She was born on July 31, 1930 in Huntingdon and was a daughter of the late Wilbur A. and Hazel (Gahagan) Shields. Her devoted husband of 59 years, Melvin Ralph Garner, passed away on April 11, 2018.
Mrs. Garner is survived by two devoted daughters, Bonnie Chestnut and husband, Barry, of Newville, and Judy Austin and husband, Neil, of Carlisle. She is also survived by a sister, Lois K. Oestreich and husband, William H. of Petersburg and a nephew, Adam L. Oestreich and companion, Kimberly Bet of Baltimore.
Mrs. Garner and her husband had opened their home to and cared for a total of twelve foster children for a number of years. She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s electrical business for 21 years and in later years worked at Fry Communications and Dickinson College catering. She was a 1948 graduate of Huntingdon High School. She enjoyed volunteering at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Cumberland Valley Schools, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, and the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association. She also enjoyed crocheting and quilted beautiful pillow tops. Mrs. Garner was a member of Hickorytown United Methodist Church, Carlisle. Mrs. Garner was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War.
A viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019 in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon with Rev. Joe Barrett officiating. A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until time of services. Burial with military honors will be in the White Church Cemetery in Hesston. www.Since1853.com