Norma Lee Garrett

Norma Lee Garrett, 97, of Shawnee, KS passed away, Sunday, November 29, 2020. Services will be private due to the current public health concerns. The family suggests contributions to the Harvesters Food Network.

Norma was born February 14, 1923 in Kingston, Mo to Harold and Ethel (Hicks) Henricks. She worked along with her husband Roland and his brothers at Garrett’s Food Market in Shawnee and later worked for the Shawnee Mission School District.

She was a member of the Shawnee United Methodist Church and the Shawnee Historical Society. She was also one of the original members of the Shawnee Rescue Squad, a volunteer ambulance service for the community.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Roland Garrett on July 14, 2010 and three brothers, Ed, Keith and Jack Henricks.

She is survived by her three children Carolyn Sue (the late Ron) Adams, Jackie (Michael) Swafford and Donald (Susan) Garrett; six grandchildren (Matt, Russ, Erin, Leigh, Amy, Jason) and nine great grandchildren (Delaney, Maddie, Hunter, Bella, JT, Addie, Emma, Mae, Henry).

Norma was kind, even-tempered, generous, compassionate, and optimistic. She was always strong, steady, humble, and thoughtful. Her priorities were family, friends, and faith. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank the staff at Sunrise of Lenexa, her home for the past 3+ years. They were kind, competent, and attentive. More recently, the staff at SM Advent Hospital and Shawnee PARC Rehab Center attended to Norma’s needs with thoughtfulness and love. We are so appreciative.


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17 Comments on “Norma Lee Garrett”

  1. Ralph Textor Says:

    Garrett Family,

    Deepest sympathy upon the loss of your Mother.

    Your parents were good folks, and I miss them.

    God bless you.

    Ralph Textor

  2. Sharyn Graham Says:

    So sorry to hear of your passing. Hated it when your store closed. You and your husband were great neighbors. Rest in Peace Norma.

  3. Laurie Fletchall Says:

    Sorry for your loss. I remember her from when my family lived across the street from her. Loved the grocery store to. She was the nicest person ever.

    Don n rest, you are in our prayers.

  4. Donna Thelen Pflumm Says:

    Dear Don & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom she was such a beautiful lady. Always full of smiles & laughs! Truly a very wonderful lady, growing it was like Mayberry!
    We loved to go to Garrett’s Food Store, everyone was so friendly and full of laughs! Mom & Dad were regular customers there. Mrs. Garrett was so very nice no matter what was going on.
    My Sister Kathy and me were pretty young when we rode our bikes to Garrets to buy 2 Mother’s Day cards for Mom & Grandma. We weren’t great at math, when we went to Mrs. Garrett to check out we were short about $.15. Seeing we were crushed, Mrs. Garrett said “Let me open you an account and you can pay me when you get the money.” She made us so happy opening us an account. Mom and Grandma loved the cards and we went right back & paid the $.15 and Dad & Mom shopped there until it was gone,
    We use to pick up pop bottles & turn them in & your Mom gave us the money for penny candy, You all were like a part of our family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

  5. Anne Patrick Farrell Says:

    All my love to your family. Your mom, Aunt Norma, was and always will be a beacon to follow in her kindness, warmth, and laughter. My prayers are with you all.

  6. kevin rafferty Says:

    Norma Garrett has been a pillar of grace and selfless acts for 97 years in every facet of life, at the store or to a person on the street. I was one of the lucky ones whom she cared for on her daily trek through life. In front of the her family home I crashed my bike, she came out dusted me off, took me inside and care for all my scrapes and bruises and sent me on my way. I will always be grateful of her act that day and the way she always greeted me with her great smile every time since, it was not just for me but everyone she met along her way in life. This world is a little darker without the light she provided to this world, she will be dearly missed!

  7. Lisa O'Connor Says:

    Dear Garrett family, Oh how my heart aches missing this sweet lady. She was such a bright light in our community. She never knew a stranger (literally). In fact, almost everyone I toured from Shawnee or Lenexa was a friend or acquaintance of hers! She was the best ambassador of Sunrise of Lenexa. I’ll miss her smile, her sense of humor and her optimism. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know her and love her! Until we meet again, Sweet Norma.

  8. Jennifer Gray Says:

    Norma was one in a million! She was one of kindest women I have ever know. It was an honor to care for her and to get to know her. She will be tremendously missed at Sunrise of Lenexa.
    Our thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Warmly, Jennifer

  9. Eleanor Gribble Says:

    My sincere sympathies to the Garrett and Henricks families. Norma will be missed by all as she was such a lovely cheerful lady.

  10. John Patrick Says:

    There will never be another Norma. God bless her. She was like a second mother to us kids. Always there and supportive, and expecting the best from us.

  11. Brian Patrick Says:

    Norma was a wonderful, kind person. We were lucky to grow up next door to her and her family. May God bless her and her family.
    Brian Patrick

  12. Joe Patrick Says:

    Norma, Aunt Norma, Wonderful lady across the street was Denny and I’s most loyal -and only- customer at our vegetable stand (wild onions pulled from the yard kinda washed and put on a card table). She was always there for us. Many wonderful memories. Our thoughts are with you.

    Joe Patrick

  13. Mary Patrick Garrett Says:

    Aunt Norma was such a kind, generous and loving lady. She welcomed me to the Garrett family and always made me feel like I was a Garrett. She will always be in my heart, someone I can look to for inspiration. She will be sorely missed.

  14. John I. Brown Says:

    Norma was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed. I really enjoyed my experience working at Garrett’s Grocery and have fond memories of everyone. Norma and the Garrett family have been influencial in my life. My condolences.

  15. Gayla George Says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mr and mrs Garrett were saving grace when my kids were young. Only adult conversations were at the store.Such good memories.
    Again sorry, Gayla George

  16. Janet Zarda Says:

    Norma will be missed for sure. She was such a grand lady.
    She always made you feel like you were so special to her, and she wanted to hear all about your life. Condolences to the family. –Janet (Wever)Zarda

  17. Betsy Bellerive Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Norma always had the biggest smile the few times I met her. My prayers are with you all to find comfort in the wonderful life she lived and memories shared.

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