She was born January 9, 1913 in Catlettsburg, Kentucky, a daughter of the late William Earnest Ruby and Ida Mae Mansfield Ruby.
Garnett was a graduate of Marshall University and belonged to the University of Women Sorority, and the Alpha Delta Cappa Sorority. She was a retired teacher of 32 years. She taught at Putnam County, Kanawha County, Taylor County, Calhoun County schools in West Virginia, and was a substitute teacher in Puerto Rico. She also belonged to Order of Eastern Stars in Nitro, West Virginia and was the oldest member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Huricane, West Virginia.
She is survived by a son, James Hensley (Mary) of Little Hocking, Ohio; grandchildren, James K. Hensley (Heather), S. Bruce Hensley (Patty), both of Belpre, Ohio and Karen Henthorn (Rod) of Fleming, Ohio; Great-grandchildren, James M. Hensley and Justin M. Hensley of Belpre, Ohio; step-great-grandchildren, Marisa and Ethan Henthorn of Fleming, Ohio; step-son, Robert Suits of St. Albans, West Virginia; step-daughters, Linda Stone of Virginia and Barbara Starling of Hurricane, West Virginia; step-daughter-in-law, Betty Hensley of Winfield, West Virginia and several other step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Garnett was preceded in death by her first husband Benjamin A. Hensley and her second husband Fred H. Suits. Her parents, one brother, one sister, five step-sons, and three step-daughters.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Hurricane, West Virginia with Pastors Ron McClung and Lee White officiating. Burial will be in at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Hurricane West Virginia. Visitation will be from 6 – 9 P.M. Thursday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home Belpre, Ohio and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Belpre Chapter 541 Order of Eastern Star will conduct services 7:30 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church building fund, 2150 Mt. Vernon Road, Hurricane, West Virginia 25526.
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