Madeleine A. Garrett
SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA -- Madeleine A. Garrett (nee Dubief), 85, died peacefully on July 1, 2011 in Shingle Springs, CA with most of her family by her side. Madeleine had suffered with advanced dementia for the past two and a half years and we are happy she is now at peace.
Madeleine was born in Neuilly sur Seine, a suburb of Paris, France, on March 26, 1926. She survived four years of war starting at the age of 14 when Nazi Germany invaded her beloved Paris and then celebrated when the Allied Forces liberated Paris in late August 1944.
During the war, Madeline worked for American Express arranging living quarters for American soldiers and then as a nurses’ aid for the American Red Cross. Madeleine met Urbain (Gary) Garrett while he was serving in Paris for the Army and who was the first man to leave Rumford under selective service. They fell in love and my mother followed my father to the states in 1946 and they were married in Rumford on February 17, 1947.
They raised four children in Rumford and then moved to California in 1978, where they lived until their deaths. Over the years, Madeleine enjoyed spending time with her many friends, taking long walks every day and traveling. She traveled with her daughter, Christine to France, England, New Zealand and Hawaii and she loved every trip.
She served on the board of directors for many years at Crane Place in Menlo Park where she lived for 27 years. Madeline loved her little apartment and was very proud when management would showcase her apartment to prospective applicants.
Madeleine is survived by her son, Allan and wife, Kim; her daughter, Christine and partner, Steve; her daughter, Michele and husband, Bill; her grandchildren: Jeffrey, Michael and wife, Andrea, Brian and wife, Kristy, Stefan, Tiasha and Kelsey; and her great-grandchildren: Kira, Tianna, Marriah, Mykayla, Gage, Hannah, Kyleah, Riley and Braydon.
She is preceded in death by her husband. Gary; her parents, Marius Dubief and Jeanne Le Pevedic; her sister, Jacqueline; her brother, Jean Pierre; and her sweet little daughter Cathy, who died at the age of three.
A memorial service is planned for the summer of 2012 in Rumford, with interment at St. John’s cemetery where Madeleine will finally be reunited with her husband and daughter. A family friend recently told me that the best you can hope for is a long life and a short death. My mother was blessed with both.