Gayle M (Meservy) Garrett was born June 20, 1935 in a small house approx. 3 miles East of Shoshone, Idaho. She was the oldest of four children born to Hyrum and Vera Meservy who moved to their land in Dietrich to farm. She spent all her school years in Dietrich and graduated in 1953. While in the 6th grade she met a boy named Frank Garrett who tossed pieces of gravel at her and her friend and she called him "a freckled face little brat". Who would have guessed that they would be married in 1953? They had four children; three sons and one daughter. She was the angel of the home always.
When they were still in their teens, they leased 80 acres in Dietrich and farmed. Gayle kept house in a little 15-foot trailer parked under trees and took care of their first son. She was a great cook and could make a meal out of anything. Frank would bring in a pheasant or rabbit every time he was down irrigating. Frank was hired by the Idaho Transportation Dept in Sept. 1954. They moved into Shoshone and Gayle became a real housewife with a home. They were married 3 years before they could get a vehicle and Gayle would walk uptown with the kids to one of the stores to shop. Gayle took in "babysitting" at home and sometimes had 11 children to care for at a dollar a day each. She also took in ironing for working women. She sewed her kids’ clothes as they were growing up. Frank says that he never ever heard her complain and in their 70 plus years of marriage, he only saw her angry twice, and only one of those was his fault...He only poured some lemonade on her head just before they were going to a dance (they didn't go).
In their first three years after Frank went to work for ITD, he was only home for 7 months. She took care of everything. After they bought their first car, she would even drive with the kids up to the construction areas where Frank was working. She worked at Tupperware for 14 years, at the South Side Market (owned by Virginia Larson), Sun Valley Lodge, Hansen’s Dept Store, and Jerome Floral. She was President of the JC-Etts. She has always been active in the Church and fulfilled many callings. She enjoyed working for 8 ½ years in the Boise Temple.
Her family and many close friends know that Gayle is, and has been, a Heavenly Angel sent here to teach her family how to love, care for, and guide them on this earth. We love you...Wife, Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma, and Great-Great Grandma.
Gayle is survived by her husband, Frank; her children, Frank and Randa Lee Garrett; Vera and Dennis Dooley; Alan and Barbara Garrett; and David Garrett; and her brother, Udell Meservy of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hyrum and Vera Meservy; her sister, Emma Krieger; her brother, John LaVon Meservy; and various nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Friday, August 18, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Shoshone Ward, Shoshone, Idaho. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 19, 2023 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Shoshone Ward, with a viewing beginning at 10:00 am. Grave dedication will conclude at Shoshone Cemetery.