2018-07-26 / Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Garrett

Mary Elizabeth Garrett, of Middletown, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at St Clare-Newport with her sons by her side.  

She was the daughter of John Joseph O’Brien and Mary (Morris) O’Brien.

Born and raised in Jamestown, she attended St. Catherine’s Academy in Newport, graduating in 1951. When she was young, she worked selling tickets for the Jamestown/Newport ferry.  

She attended Salve Regina for a couple of years before she met her husband, Jack, while he attended officers candidate school in Newport. Mary enjoyed the life of a U.S. Navy wife and the travels that stationed them in England, Spain, Norfolk, Va. and finally Newport, where Jack retired after 23 years in the Navy.

Mary received her master’s degree in special education from Salve Regina and enjoyed a long teaching career as a special education teacher in the Newport school system. Her passion for teaching special education was her strength and she took her students on many field trips and had them over to her house for cookouts.

Mary’s love of travel took her to many places and countries all over the world. Most of all, she enjoyed her trips to Ireland where she traveled many times, taking friends and family to visit her Irish roots. Mary loved playing tennis and played regularly with the same group of friends. She was an avid golfer and played in the Jamestown Gulls ladies golf league in Jamestown. She enjoyed the beach and swimming. Mary liked being active in politics, was a former chair of the Middletown Democratic Committee and went to several Democratic National Conventions.

Mary made many friends throughout the years and cherished her lifelong friendships. She always was willing to help a friend in need. Her love of family and friends were just some of her strongest values.

She is predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Cmdr.  John E. “Jack” Garrett and her brothers Martin O’Brien of Jamestown, and Jack O’Brien of Dennis, Mass.

She is survived by her sons, John E. “Jay” Garrett and his wife Mary Beth of Newport, Kevin P. Garrett and his wife Angela of Warwick, by her beloved granddaughter, Victoria Garrett, her sister-in-law, Patricia O’Brien of Dennis, Mass and her nieces Siobhan O’Brien of Warwick, and Maura O’Brien of Scituate, Mass.

The family would like to thank those who cared for Mary, especially the staff of St. Clare-Newport and the staffs at Atria Aquidneck Place and the Grand Islander.

Visiting hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, 2018, in the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2018, at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, 301 S. County Trail, Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Clare-Newport or St. Mark Church, Jamestown.

For more information and online condolences, please visit www.oneillhayes.com.

Return to top