Jeannetta Rae Harrison GarnerMarch 11, 1928 ~ August 8, 2017 (age 89)
Jeannetta Rae Harrison Garner, 89, passed into eternity on August 8, 2017, in Nyssa, Oregon. Jeannetta was born March 11th, 1928, in Letha, Idaho, the first child of Alando De “Bob” Harrison and Mamie Gordon Harrison. The family grew to include Jeannetta’s brothers Bobby, Don, and Basil, and her sister Charlene. Jeannetta enjoyed a loving childhood growing up on the family ranch on the Emmett bench outside Emmett, Idaho where she attended Hanna Elementary School. She later attended and graduated from Emmett High School. Jeannetta was very popular even back in high school, and that, combined with her love for dancing, earned her the title of "Queen" of one of their big school dances. Because of the difficult travel between the ranch and town to attend high school, Jeannetta lived with her grandmother or “Grammie” Harrison during the week and returned to the ranch on weekends. Grammie’s youngest sons, Ferris and Duane, visited their mother often allowing Jeannetta to gain a great and lasting love for her uncles. Jeannetta’s nickname in school was “Blackie” because of her jet black hair. Even in her advanced years the darkness of her hair still shows through the silver gray. After graduating high school Jeannetta attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho for a short time. At the end of WWII a handsome young red haired sailor came from the south Pacific to farm with his family near the Harrison ranch. It wasn’t long before “Blackie” and “Red” became an item and on June 11, 1948, Jeannetta married Dee Jesse Garner and they became forever known as ‘Dee and Jeannetta,” celebrating 65 years of marriage before Dee’s passing April 10, 2014. Their first home consisted of “two rooms and a path.” Their first son, Rodger D, was born October 26, 1950, in Ontario, Oregon while they still lived in Emmett. Dee worked for his Uncle Dick Stoker in construction and participated in the building of the Nyssa Hospital, where the rest of their children were born.
Dee and Jeannetta bought an 80-acre farm outside of Nyssa, Oregon on Cow Hollow Road on March 11, 1953, on Jeannetta’s birthday, where they lived until Dee’s passing in 2014.
Daniel Todd was born January 13, 1954, Julie Etta (Bennett) on January 6, 1959, and Kelly J was born July 12, 1960. The family was sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple on September 14, 1969. In 1971 Jeannetta gained another son, Sauan Sukhan, who moved from Thailand after meeting Rodger who was then serving as an LDS Missionary. Sauan held a special place in Jeannetta’s heart for the rich love he brought to all who became acquainted with him and especially the loving kindness and sweet respect he has always shown to his "adopted" mom. Jeannetta was active in civic affairs including the PTA, Nyssa School Board, and the Malheur County Republican Party. Jeannetta was a State Delegate for the Republican National Convention, attending with her dear friend June Hartley. Dee and Jeannetta travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the first inauguration of President George W. Bush. Jeannetta and June Hartley attended President Bush’s second inauguration. Jeannetta held a variety of church callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of her last callings was when Jeannetta was in her 80’s, Owyhee Ward Relief Society President. She worked at various jobs in the community including Wilson Bros. Dept. Store, Paulus Jewelry, and drove farm truck for several neighbors. Jeannetta was instrumental in starting the Tare Lab at the Nyssa Amalgamated Sugar Factory, and when Amalgamated built a Tare Lab in Mini-Cassia, she went there to train the crews and help start up the lab there. When Amalgamated’s field department decided to take petiole samples on the beet crop for local growers, Jeannetta was instrumental in making that happen. What started out as a “harvest” job, turned into a career. She worked at Amalgamated from 1966 until she retired in 1991. After retirement, Dee and Jeannetta served an 18-month LDS mission at the Atlanta, Georgia temple. They made some lifelong friends there and had many spiritual experiences.
A couple of years after Dee’s passing, it became necessary for Jeannetta to move to Nyssa Gardens where she lived the rest of her life. During her final years, she truly enjoyed the fellowship and frequent visits of her many friends and family members. The family extends a special thanks to the staff of Nyssa Gardens for their love and care during this time, not only to Jeannetta, but to her family.
Jeannetta is survived by her children, Rodger and Jay Leano of Tacoma, Washington, Dan and Peggy Ross of Tigard, Oregon, Julie and Norman Bennett of Nyssa, Oregon, Kelly and Cindy Garner of Pocatello, Idaho, 16 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dee, her parents, her brother Bobby, great grandsons Braden Wheeler and Roland Garner, and grandson-in-law Jonathan Brady.
A viewing will be held on August 11, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Owyhee Ward LDS Church, 848 Owyhee Ave. Nyssa, OR. Funeral services will be held August 12, 2017, at the Owyhee Ward LDS Church. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with the funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Dedication of the grave will be immediately following at the Owyhee Cemetery.