Juliann Louise Garretson, 92, a lifelong Newcomerstown resident, passed away early Saturday morning (June 20, 2015) in the Riverside Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown.
Louise was born in Farmington, W.Va., (Marion County) on April 24, 1923, a daughter of the late Albert and Anna Shuck Belt.
She was a homemaker for all of her adult life and attended the Newcomerstown Church of the Nazarene in her earlier years. Louise enjoyed canning, gardening, and listening to country music. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Jontie Garretson, Newcomerstown, who died on Dec. 22, 1982. Louise and Jontie were married on April 19, 1941. Also deceased are an infant son, Charles Garretson, Newcomerstown, who died in 1951; and five sons-in-law, James Glazer, Newcomerstown, Robert Dixon, Newcomerstown, James Nesmith, Sr., Linton Township, Coshocton County, Vic Snyder, Massillon, and Fred Meek, Navarre.
Louise was also preceded in death by all of her sisters, Pauline Downey and Loretta Glover, both of West Virginia; and Flossie Uphold, Akron. Also deceased are brothers, Glen and wife Mabel Belt, W.Va.; Clarence Belt, Baltimore, Md.; and Herchel and his wife, Eleanor Belt, Snead's Ferry, N.C.
Louise is survived by six daughters and two sons, Joann (Meek) Snyder, Massillon; Emogene Nesmith, Newcomerstown, Kathryn and husband Chuck Phillabaum, Elizabethtown, Ky., Ruth Bates, Newcomerstown, Margaret "Maggie" and husband John Crosswhite, Newcomerstown, Anita Glazer, Newcomerstown, Albert R. "Al" Garretson, Canton, and Jontie "Junior" and wife Kay Garretson, Orrville. Also surviving are her last brother and his wife, Junior Oliver and Evelyn Belt, Simpsonville, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Louise's family would like to take this opportunity to thank the administration and staff of the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and gentle care provided to Louise and her family during the past few years.
Funeral services to celebrate Louise's life were June 26, 2015, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. The Rev. Kenneth G. Hacker, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown, conducted the services. Burial followed in the Community Chapel Cemetery, Washington Township, Tuscarawas County.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Louise's name to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.