Erma May Willard Garrison, 87, of Galveston, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2013 with loving family members by her side.
Erma was born on April 21, 1926 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Ransom and Erma Willard. She met and married her one true love, Leslie Carpenter Garrison, on December 2, 1956. She was a medical secretary to family friend Dr. Nancy Schnautz for many years. She loved visiting her childhood stomping grounds in Cedar Lake, Indiana and cherished those memories. In her later years she enjoyed working in her family’s shop, Twinkle Toes, on the Strand where she loved meeting new people. She enjoyed Friday Girls Night out with her best friends. Throughout her life she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, Nana and friend. She loved her children and grandchildren who were the center of her world. Erma was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and has been a member of Grace Church for over 40 years.
Erma was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leslie Garrison; sister, Lillian “Scamp” Willard; and daughter, Erma Louise Kappler.
She is survived by her son, Willard Jerry Garrison of La Porte; daughter, Leslye Mlcak and husband, Randy of Galveston; son-in-law, John Kappler of College Station; grandchildren: Jerry Garrison, Jr.; Scott and Becky Garrison and their families; Nancy Morris and her fiancé Douglas Parsons; Kevin, Rhonda and John Leslie Kappler; Ransom and Mollye Mlcak; and many great grandchildren.
Erma’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Wednesday, July 31st at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway in Galveston.
Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, August 1st, at Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th St in Galveston. Interment will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
Pallbearers will be Pat Adams, Bill Adams, Larry Micheletti, Ron Mlcak, Ruben Gariby, and Douglas Parsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Wegner, Louis Giusti and Mike McGown.
The family would like to thank her caregiver and friend, Amelia Ordonez; Dr. Maria Camacho and Dr. Erin Hommel and Andrea Wirt; as well as the staff of The Meridian; they all loved and cared for Erma until she departed on her journey home.