Barbara J. Garner

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Barbara J. Garner

1935 - 2018

Barbara J. Garner Barbara J. (Woods) Garner, 82, and a longtime resident of Alexandria, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at her daughter's home in Elwood surrounded by her family following an extended illness.
She was born May 11, 1935, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the daughter of Charles J.E. and Jane Francis (Rousseau) Woods. She was a 1953 graduate of Portsmouth High School and later married the love of her life, Grady D. Garner, on Nov. 5, 1955, and they shared over 54 years together.
Barbara was a homemaker most of her life, and also an Avon representative in the area for over 30 years, known to many people as the "Avon Lady." She also formerly worked for a few years at General Motors in Arkansas. She was a devoted member of St. Mary's Church in Alexandria, where she sang in the church choir and was the "go-to person" for chicken and noodles for funeral dinners.
Barbara was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, enjoyed playing solitaire on her iPad, and loved John Wayne movies. She enjoyed garage sales, good food, good drinks, spending time with her family and yearly trips to New England. She especially cared about kids and young children.
Barbara was known by many and loved by all and had a saying that "into everyone's life, a little rain must fall."
The family wishes to thank Barbara's hospice nurse, Leanna, for the exceptional care given to Barbara in recent months.
Barbara's family includes seven children, Teresa (husband, Brett) Etchison of Elwood, Jane Hummel of Muncie, Dianna Wilson of Anderson, Anita Garner of Noblesville, Valeria (husband, Bret) Taber of Martinez, California, Karen (husband, Scott) King of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and Rick (wife, Angelia) Garner of Belton, Missouri; two brothers, Mark "Butch" Woods (companion, Shirley Macdonald) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Peter Rousseau of Minnesota; four sisters, Claire (husband, Gunnar) Kenison of Maine, Norma (Woods) Hill of Concord, California, Kim Pendleton of Naples, Florida, and Mary (Rousseau) Conroy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Grady D. Garner, who passed away in 2010; three brothers, Joseph Rousseau, David Woods and Paul Woods; sister, Rita Woods; son-in-law, David Hummel; grandson, Aaron Hummel; and great-granddaughter, Makayla Richards.
A funeral mass celebrating Barbara's life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2018, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Father Dan Duff officiating.
Visitation will be from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Friday, just prior to the funeral mass at the church. Burial will take place in Jones Cemetery in Amity, Arkansas, on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Mary's Building Fund. Envelopes will be provided at the church.
Online expressions of condolence may be made at
Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home has been entrusted to care for the Garner family.
Published on April 18, 2018
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