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Dolores "Janean" (Thompson) Garrett

November 24, 1941 ~ May 7, 2019 (age 77)

        Dolores “Janean” Thompson Garrett, 77, Joplin, MO passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, KS following a brief illness.  She was born November 24, 1941 in Bowling Green, IN to Norl E. “Tommy” Thompson and Eva Ellen Price Thompson.

      While in the 10th grade, Janean moved with her family to Nevada.   She graduated from Nevada High School in 1959.  Janean was a graduate of Cottey College and the University of Missouri in Columbia.   She received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana.  Janean worked as a librarian throughout the years while living in many locations all over the world.  Janean retired as a Senior Medical Research Librarian from the Veterans Administration in San Antonio, TX before moving back to Joplin, MO to be closer to family where she has resided for the past 10 years.

      Survivors include:  two sisters, Janell (Thompson) Dimond and her husband Mike, Laurie, MO, and Norlene (Thompson) Hillier and her husband Don, Springfield, MO; one brother, Dale Thompson, Alba, MO; and several nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her beloved guide dog Freland and her close friend Phyllis Seesengood.   She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Patricia “Patty” Crawford.

      Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Moore Cemetery in Nevada with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating.  Friends may call now and until one hour prior to the service at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

      Those who wish may contribute in Janean’s memory to the Foundation Fighting Blindness in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 South Washington, Nevada, MO.

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