Elizabeth “Betty” Garnette

Funeral services for 79-year old Elizabeth “Betty” Garnette are Sat, Feb 20, 2021 at 3:30 at the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD with Father Edmund Yaiano officiating.  

Visitation precedes and follows the funeral from 2:00-4:00, also at the Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.

Burial is Monday, Feb 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Lakota Freedom Veteran’s Cemetery in Kyle, SD with Mr. Charles McGaa officiating. She will be laid to rest with her husband, Ted.

The family asks that memorial donations be made to local food banks, homeless shelters or animal shelters in lieu of flowers.

Elizabeth “Betty” Louise Garnette was born on January 30,1942 to Thomas and Blanche Minnick in Mendota, Illinois. She made her way to heaven on February 13, 2021 at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport, IA, after a long health battle. 

Betty was well loved and in her final days, surrounded by her family and friends. 

As a child, Betty grew up in Van Orin, IL near her grandmother Minnick’s farm. The family then moved into Zearing, IL, where she went to elementary in a one room schoolhouse. 

Betty met her sweetheart Ted in Spring Valley, IL, and after a long courtship, they were married in Davenport, IA on June 17,1959, with her parents as witnesses.  

She was a babysitter for many generations of kids that became like family to her. She worked in several nursing homes and became friends with many elderly residents who loved her friendly caring nature. 

In the 1960’s she worked as a waitress for her mother-in-law’s chicken & fish tavern in Standard, IL. In the 1970’s she worked as a factory worker; she and her eldest daughter Peggy lasted just two days in a cookie factory on the cookie line. They laughed so hard they cried while stuffing cookies in their pockets because they could not keep up with the conveyor. 

Most of her life she spent as a homemaker caring for her children and grandchildren. 

In 1993, Betty and her husband, Ted moved to Pine Ridge, SD. Together they ran Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Support Groups for the community. 

They loved gardening together and their yard won awards for most beautiful garden in Pine Ridge. Betty enjoyed many hobbies that, still today, give her family joyful memories. Saying she enjoyed garage sales is an understatement! She gardened for many years, enjoyed crocheting and spoiling her many dogs. 

Betty also loved being involved with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD. She never drove a vehicle in her life, as per many funny stories from the family, but always had her husband to happily drive her around.  

She is survived by her siblings Ruth Ann Clark, Kingsport, TN, Thomas Francis Minnick, Jr.(Ruth), Davenport, IA, Theresa Marie Minnick-Ressen, Atkinson, IL, her children Peggy Sue Lay (Jim), Rockerville, SD, Penny Jo Garnette (life partner Tim), Martin, SD and Richard Theodore Garnette (Paula), Davenport, IA, Dave Danielson (beloved son-in-law), Davenport, IA her grandchildren, Candice Jolene Lyell (David), Melissa Ann Lay (Ben), Samuel James Lay, Christian Elizabeth Novak (Anthony), Casey Coral Danielson, Cayla Jo Red Feather (Dre), Jacob Lakota Garnette (Ayslyn), Benjamin Dakota Garnette, Richard Thomas Garnette, her step-grandchildren, Taylor Renee Kormann (Kole), Chelsey Elizabeth Sharoian and Samantha Ann Obertance and nine great grandchildren, Elijah James, Teegan LaRee, Marshall Thomas, Theodore Aaron, Elaina Jane, Greyson James David, Gabriel Reese, Jameson Allen, Olivia Grace, and three step-great grandchildren, Cienna Ruth, Kru Emmitt, Olivia Renee. Along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and her loving little companion “Tinky”. 

She is preceded in death by her husband Theodore “Ted” Garnette, her father Thomas Minnick Sr, her mother Blanche (Julian) Minnick, her sister Carol (Minnick) Conrad, and her stepmother Lois “Irish” Minnick.  

Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers: All Friends and Family 

Betty will be greatly missed by everyone. We love you and will see you soon, from your whole family.  

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD