Obituary: Margaret Berniece Garey
Margaret Berniece Garey, 101, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, passed away on April 5, 2019, fulfilling her wish to “Go home to be with Jesus.” She was born to the late George and Carrie Gregg, Nov. 2, 1917, in Creighton, Missouri.
Berniece graduated from Creighton High School, where she played basketball and received her teaching degree from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. She married the late Leo Garey on May 7, 1939, and they lived for many years in Fresno, California, where she taught Special Education at Monroe Elementary School. Berniece was predeceased by her brother Frank, sister Bonnie, great-grandson Cody, her loving husband Leo in 1993 and her beloved infant son Dwight in 1945. She is survived by two sons: Duane Garey and his wife Evelyn of Prescott, Arizona, and Troy Garey and his wife Lani of Sutherlin, Oregon. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jill Shafer, Jennifer (Erik) Simonsen, Tracy (Rafe) Riggs, Daron (Deya) Garey, Ryan (Heather) Garey, Kellen (Drew) McKinney, and Evan (Jordyn) Garey. She had 16 great-grandchildren, Jeremy Shafer, Emily Shafer, Brett Davidson, Samuel Clemens, Emma Clemens, Justin Riggs, Caidy Riggs, Carmina Garey, Donovan Garey, Melina Garey, Marcellus Garey, Kyla Garey, Zoe Garey, Ryan Garey, Teagan McKinney, Sterling McKinney. Berniece is also survived by her youngest sister, Doris Lee (Coby) Shrock of Garden City, Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Berniece loved to sing and play the piano and autoharp. She could always be counted on to add her pure soprano to the church choir. Only a few days ago she was still breaking into song and cheering up visiting family members. Now she is a welcome addition to Heaven’s Choir.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look. Internment is planned for later in the Fall in Garden City, Missouri.
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