OBITUARY

Julia Elaine Garrett

August 20, 1947January 7, 2021

Julia Elaine Garrett August 20, 1947 - January 7, 2021

Julia would like you to know that her work here is done. She had a mission, a calling on her life, and that mission is complete. Her reward for a job well done is a reunion with her dad and mom, Lawton and Grace Sewell, and her Aunt Ida. She will be singing, playing the piano, dancing, and reading to her heart’s content. She will have love and laughter and feasts extraordinaire. (Although she was known to have said that if she got to Heaven and a size 18/20 was the perfect size, she was not going to be happy.) Most importantly, she will be in the arms of a Savior that she spent her entire life loving and serving.

Her time here was well spent. Her best friend, adventure partner and husband of 55 years was James Garrett (aka Jim, Doug, or Douglas). She also loved any time she could get with her brothers and sisters: Mary Abernathy, Jerry and Nina Sewell, Evelyn and Joe Stephens, Bill and Peggy Sewell, and her brother-in-law and his wife Howard and Polly Garrett. Her children and their families were her pride and joy: Amy and Jay Hickey and their children Brittany, Davis, Grace, and Noah; Randy and Melissa Garrett and their son Andrew; and Brian Garrett and his daughter and granddaughter Lela Garrett Dontfraid and RaeLynn. There are a slew of cousins and extended family too numerous to name, but she knew and loved each and every one of them.

We don’t say goodbye, but just so long for now. We will remember her laughter, her wisdom, her kindness, and her love. She lived her life to the fullest, always up for adventure and travel, always looking to experience new things and new people. She made a difference in so many lives including her family, her church, and her colleagues. We invite you to join us in a celebration of her life at 11am on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Crestview Baptist Church, 615 Old Polk City Road in Lakeland, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Crestview Baptist Church. The link for online giving is below.

http://www.crestviewbaptist.net/give/

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, January 23, 2021

Memories

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Peggy Young

January 15, 2021

I always loved Julie (as I called her) from the first day we met when our girls were in Hardaway High School and were best friends. My daughter, Margie, and I always loved to go to Cummings with Amy and Julie and go to the homecomings at Mt Pizgah with Grace and Lawton Sewell. I was so happy to see her on Facebook and we got to reconnect after some years. Julie was a friend from the beginning until the end. We always loved the whole family, Jim and the boys, too. I was so sad to see of Julie's passing. I am praying for the family as I know this has to be the hardest test of life there is. I love you all.

Lee Ann Sewell Head

January 14, 2021

I loved being around Julia. She was such an upbeat person and I loved her laugh. I will miss her and I’m praying for all of you, as you face life without that force of nature. Take comfort in knowing that her absence is temporary. You have an amazing reunion in your future. Love to you all!

Susan and Cal Irvin

January 14, 2021

We have lost the sweetest soul but I know she is singing with the angels and is joyful she is with her savior. We will miss her. Not only was she a mother in law to my daughter she was a friend.

Brenda Szabo

January 14, 2021

Dear sweet Julia, I am so happy we encountered each other, even for a short time. You made an impact in my life. I feel Blessed to have met you!! We will meet again 😊

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Julia Elaine Garrett
August 20, 1947 - January 7, 2021


Julia would like you to know that her work here is done. She had a mission, a calling on her life, and that mission is complete. Her reward for a job well done is a reunion with her dad and mom, Lawton and Grace Sewell, and her Aunt Ida. She will be singing, playing the piano, dancing, and reading to her heart’s content. She will have love and laughter and feasts extraordinaire. (Although she was known to have said that if she got to Heaven and a size 18/20 was the perfect size, she was not going to be happy.) Most importantly, she will be in the arms of a Savior that she spent her entire life loving and serving.

Her time here was well spent. Her best friend, adventure partner and husband of 55 years was James Garrett (aka Jim, Doug, or Douglas). She also loved any time she could get with her brothers and sisters: Mary Abernathy, Jerry and Nina Sewell, Evelyn and Joe Stephens, Bill and Peggy Sewell, and her brother-in-law and his wife Howard and Polly Garrett. Her children and their families were her pride and joy: Amy and Jay Hickey and their children Brittany, Davis, Grace, and Noah; Randy and Melissa Garrett and their son Andrew; and Brian Garrett and his daughter and granddaughter Lela Garrett Dontfraid and RaeLynn. There are a slew of cousins and extended family too numerous to name, but she knew and loved each and every one of them.

We don’t say goodbye, but just so long for now. We will remember her laughter, her wisdom, her kindness, and her love. She lived her life to the fullest, always up for adventure and travel, always looking to experience new things and new people. She made a difference in so many lives including her family, her church, and her colleagues. We invite you to join us in a celebration of her life at 11am on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Crestview Baptist Church, 615 Old Polk City Road in Lakeland, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Crestview Baptist Church. The link for online giving is below.

http://www.crestviewbaptist.net/give/