Emily Brooks Garnett

Emily Garnett passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband, Elgin Garnett, in 1979. Survived by their children, Marian (Christine), Walter (Heather), Laura (Ronald) and Ken (Alexandra), their sixteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grand children, with two more coming.

Emily, the daughter of George Ethelbert and Annie Louise (Mason)Iveson, was born at Fielding, Sask. She and Elgin both grew up there. She became a teacher and taught in Saskatchewan until Elgin returned from WWII. They married and moved to B.C. and he found work in Camp 6 (Caycuse). They built their home and raised their family there. Sunday School was held weekly for all the children in camp. Mother involved herself with Girl Guides, from Brown Owl to Guide Commissioner. Returning to teaching when her children were in high school, she was the principal at Nitinat School until it closed, then taught at Stanley Gordon, finishing at Honeymoon Bay School. After moving to Lake Cowichan she was active with the United Church, UCW, OAP, Glee Club, MOM, Kaatza Historical Society and became the family genealogist, travelling far and wide in search of family members.

The interest and love she planted with both hands all her life grew a harvest of care and love that made her last years a joy. We will miss her.

Private family burial held May 29. Celebration of her life to be on June 20 at 1 p.m. at the United Church in Lake Cowichan. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in her memory may be made to the ‘Garnett

Family Bursary’ at Lake Cowichan Secondary

School or to the charity of your choice.