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Barbara Garrett, 77 - January 03, 2018

Barbara J. Garrett, 77, of Gothenburg, died Jan. 3, 2018, in Gothenburg.
She was born May 28, 1940, in Gering, daughter of Alexander and Pauline (Zechman) Dietrich. The Dietrich family would eventually move to Alliance where Barbara attended and in 1958, graduated from Alliance High School. She would go on to attend Chadron State College for a year before marrying Larry Garrett on Aug. 7, 1960, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance.
Barbara and Larry moved to Memphis, Tenn., where Larry attended optometry school and Barbara worked at a Memphis bank as a personal bookkeeper for the bank president. In the spring of 1965, Larry graduated from optometry school and they moved to Gothenburg, where they established an optometric practice in September of 1965.
Through the years, Barbara had been active in many activities in and around the community. In addition to working as Larry’s office manager and maintaining his records, she was also involved in Jaycees, sang in the Community Christmas Cantata, and for many years, she sang in the North Platte Chapter of the Sweet Adeline’s. She was a member of the Red Hats and was very active in the Two-Ten extension club. She very much enjoyed being involved in the Mary-Martha Circle and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Lisa (Jon) Seimer of Gothenburg; grandchildren—Alex and Abby Meyer; three step grandchildren; two brothers— Marvin and Willard (Karen) Dietrich; sister, Lillian Barker-Hannon, along with several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Larry D. Garrett in 2016; her parents; brother, Alex and wife Shirley Dietrich; brother, Kenneth Dietrich; sister, Alma (Jack) Runge; sister-in-law, Betty Dietrich; and brother-in-law, Dennis (Julie) Garrett.
Visitation will be held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Friday, Jan. 12, from 1-7 p.m. with her family present from 4-6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gothenburg on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating. Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2002 27th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or American Heart Association, 1540 South 70th Street Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68506 or, Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department, 602 10th Street, Gothenburg, NE 69138. To sign the online guest book, go to