Jean L. Garner, 88, of Carlisle, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at UPMC-Pinnacle Carlisle.
Born July 31, 1930, in Huntingdon, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur A. and Hazel (Gahagan) Shields. Her devoted husband of 59 years, Melvin Ralph Garner, passed away April 11, 2018.
Mrs. Garner is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Chestnut and husband, Barry, of Newville, and Judy Austin and husband, Neil, of Carlisle.
She is also survived by a sister, Lois K. Oestreich and husband, William H., of Petersburg, and a nephew, Adam L. Oestreich and companion, Kimberly Bet, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. Garner was a member of Hickorytown United Methodist Church, Carlisle.
She was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean War.
Mrs. Garner was a 1948 graduate of Huntingdon High School
She and her husband had opened their home to and cared for a total of 12 foster children for a number of years. She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s electrical business for 21 years and, in later years, worked at Fry Communications and Dickinson College catering.
Mrs. Garner enjoyed volunteering at the Holy Spirit Hospital, Cumberland Valley Schools, the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, and the Williams Grove Steam Engine Association. She also enjoyed crocheting and quilted beautiful pillow tops.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon, with Rev. Joe Barrett officiating. Interment with military honors will be made in the White Church Cemetery in Hesston.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. A viewing will also be held at the John B. Brown Funeral Home from noon until time of services Tuesday.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Inc., 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle.