January 4, 1926 – March 11, 2018
Laura Garrett, 92, of Bloomington, passed away at 9:05 p.m., Sunday March 11, 2018 at her condo in Westminister. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Road, Laura Garrett, 92, of Bloomington, passed away at 9:05 p.m., Sunday March 11, 2018 at her condo in Westminister. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, 302 East Miller Street Bloomington, IL. 61701. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Robert/Laura ISU women’s basketball/volleyball scholarship program or to the donor’s choice. Laura was born on January 4, 1926 in Normal, the daughter of “Gus” and Nellie Schumacher. She married Robert Garrett on June 22, 1952. He preceded her in death on March 14, 2013. Surviving are sons, David (Cheryl) Garrett of Bloomington and Mark (Cindi) Garrett, Fort Myers, FL.; grandchildren, Daniel (Colleen), Christopher, Mallory and Ian; great-grandchildren, Eric, Mavrick, Bradley, Catherine “Catie” and Killian, and very special friends June McCluskey, Mary Lou Linne, Dottie Garrett and Mary Horna. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother. Laura began her State Farm career on their night crew program as a junior at Bloomington High School. “Dropping numbered files in steel cabinets at a fast pace awarded one the opportunity of delivering mail on roller-skates”. She and another employee opened a policy writing office in Denver, CO during World War II days, returning to Bloomington in 1957. After a series of jobs including correspondence supervisor, ALFI editor (company newspaper), secretary and internal control analyst, she was persuaded to change her major at Illinois State University to library science and attained her degree. She became a library employee in 1972. When the corporate librarian retired in 1978, she assumed her position. With the help of her dedicated employees, the library was changed from a manual operation to an automated facility servicing the needs of the State Farm employees, both locally and in the regions, outside attorneys, paralegals and judges. As a certified law librarian and active member of the American Law Association she was able to attend law schools and conferences managed by the association. As a member of the Special Library Association she was Division Chair, Membership Recognition Chair, Hospitality and Nominating Chair, director, secretary, Insurance and Periodicals Indexer and a member of the Insurance Indexing Committee. She was recognized as a distinguished alumna at ISU’s Sesquicentennial celebration on October 12, 2007. As an avid fan and Redbird, Laura attended basketball/volleyball games in the arena, the Valley and even Hawaii. She, also, was a volunteer for the IL High School Association state tournaments held at the arena. Always a sports participant, learned to ski in CO, she became an award winning basketball, softball, golf, tennis, and bowling player with the State Farm’s activities programs. Bowling in the city league, state and national tournaments, with some of the best bowlers. She excelled and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1987. Later in life arthritis took over and she spent many hours at Gold’s Gym where she met new friends and thoroughly enjoyed “talking”. Working out was secondary! Up-beat, gregarious - - -she loved her family, friends, and Redbirds and travel. She is ready for this, her final destination.
- Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Graveside Service Friday, March 16, 2018
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March 27, 2018
Laura paved the way for women at State Farm. She was a real trail blazer.
In 1968 when I joined the Farm I worked for Dottie Cetin in the art departmet.
Dottie and Laura were great friends. They were my early role models.
When I retired in 2006, I created a presentation titled In Their Debt. It honored
women who had paved the way so I could have opportunites they did not.
Laura was one of the six women I talked about in that presentation.
If her family will send me an email I will get a copy of the presentaiton to them.
She was in gradeschool with my father-in-law, Carl Garbe. I have seen their
class photos. From what Carl told me Laura was just as determined as a kid as
she was when I met her many years later.
She made a difference in my life.
March 17, 2018
I worked with Laura at State Farm Corporate Headquarters in the Personnel Department, as it was called back then, at one point even supervising the Corporate Library. Laura needed no supervision. She was a dedicated employee with the highest professional standards and competence. It was a pleasure to work with her, to frequently have lunch with her, to hear about Bob and her kids and grandkids, and to share her enthusiasm for life. From my perspective, it appears that hers was a life well lived.
March 16, 2018
My condolences to the family. I am a former ISU basketball player and have great memories of Laura. She was always super supportive and had a great smile for us not matter the outcome of our game. I loved talking to her and loved when she traveled with us. Even after being out of the area for years, when I returned, she greeted me by name, with a smile and a huge hug!
Orval and Shirley Dahme
March 15, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to Laura's family on your loss. We knew Laura and Bob as neighbors before they moved to Westminster Village and as long time friends and members of the same Bloomington State Farm family. Laura lived a full and caring life and helped many during her earthly sojourn. God comfort all for your loss.
March 14, 2018
What a grand lady; Laura, you were a saint. Thanks for all the wonderful conversations and helpful advice you gave to a young attorney in 1988...Peace and love to you and your family. Miss you.
March 14, 2018
Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to the Garrett family as we are so saddened to hear of Laura's passing. She was a wonderful lady. May she rest in peace and you all find comfort knowing that she has lived a good and long life doing things her way! God bless you all.......
With our love,
Greg and Kathy Allemang
March 14, 2018
Dear David and Mark and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I spoke to Laura not too long ago and we reminisced about my visit with her late last year. We spoke often on the phone and she always kept me updated on her beloved family. I will be with you in spirit, as I am headed to one of Laura's favorite place, Orlando, for a conference for the rest of the week.
Laura has been an inspiration to me and my family since we met years ago in my Lexis-Nexis days. I will be forever grateful for our friendship. She will be missed.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family and all of Laura's dear friends. May you find comfort in her memory.
Forever in our hearts, Janice and Michael Weiner and Family
March 14, 2018
Dear Garrett family -- so sorry to learn of Laura's passing. She is with Bob and that is a wonderful thing. I worked with your dad in Systems in the 70s played tennis with and against him and naturally knew your mom from the State Farm Library and the time I spent there.
Truly a wonderful couple and an involved couple with their work world and community they lived in.
March 13, 2018
Many years ago when I was a young interior designer Laura hired me to do a home office. I can still remember the lovely grass cloth wallpaper and how carefully we chose and coordinated everything. She was a kind and lovely lady with a big laugh. She knew what she wanted and was quite particular about how she wanted it to look. I loved working with her. I’m sorry for your loss. Hers was a life well lived.