Metha M. Jensen Garrett
Metha Marie Jensen Garrett passed away on Oct. 31, 2015, at home after a short battle with lung cancer, never having smoked a day in her life.
Metha was born Sept. 19, 1921, in Custer, Mont. Her parents were Marinus Jensen, born in Denmark, and Gertrude Bradley Jensen, born in Kentucky. In 1936, Metha and her family moved to Heron, Mont., where she lived with her three brothers, Arthur, Norman and Leonard, and two sisters, Margie and Bernice, all of whom have passed. Metha graduated from Roger’s High School in Spokane in 1939 then moved to Seattle. There, she worked as a secretary before traveling to Washington D.C., before the war.
After the war, she married and settled back in Seattle and started a family. Metha lived for a time in Yakima, Wenatchee, Old Vantage and Schawana. There, she started driving bus. In 1963, she finally settled in Quincy, where she drove bus for 20 more years, retiring from the Quincy School District. Upon retirement, Metha and her husband, Don Garrett, traveled around the country, seeing the sights and fishing every chance they got. Don passed away in 1991.
Metha was very active in Quincy, having as many as three jobs at once. In her spare time, she enjoyed bowling and dancing, her beautiful yard full of flowers, a good book and loved the gingerbread season with her daughter, Teri. She joined many clubs and, in her later years, had a full schedule with book clubs, exercise classes and her regular Thursday night dinners with good friends at the senior center.
Metha’s favorite times were with her family of four children, Jack (Trudy) Koeneman, Mark (Mo) Koeneman all of Heron, Mont., Shari (Tay) Conrad of Spokane, and Teri (Bill) Harwood of Quincy; her grandchildren, Jeph, Ron, Levie, Bobbie and Lena of Montana, Lennie of California, Browyn of Kansas, Dane, Carl, Shanie, Jolene, Kelly and Jerrod of Washington; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy on Nov. 11, 2015, and her interment will be in Heron, Mont., in the spring. The family thanks everyone who attended and sent flowers and cards. Metha will be missed by so many.