Janet Garr, better known as “Kay” to her family and friends, died peacefully June 16, 2013, with her family by her side. She was 73.
Janet Kay Garr was born on Sept. 17, 1939, in Vancouver, Wash., to Lorraine LeMonds and Velmore Robins. She attended Walla Walla High School and was the eldest sibling of three brothers: Tom (Barb) Seiner of Walla Walla; Ed (Renee) Seiner of Finley and Jim Seiner of Dixie. In 1957, Kay married Jay Garr, a dam builder whom she later divorced. Kay was the loving mother of four children all of whom survive her; Bill (Carrie) Garr of Vancouver, Steve (Beverly) Garr of Everett, Dawn (Dan) Coronado of Walla Walla, Stormy (Mike) Sager of Washougal.
Kay loved reading books, especially the murder-mystery genre. She enjoyed gardening and was also an accomplished homemaker. While her children were young, Kay worked from home providing daycare services. In 1982, Kay began working for the Odd Fellows Nursing Home where she worked for 24 years until her retirement in 2006.
In 1990, Kay went back to school and received her GED. Kay was the adoring grandmother of six grandchildren who spent many weekend sleepovers with her in their younger years; making each of them their personal favorite morning breakfast. She is survived by all six grandchildren, Aryielle Gardner, Jessica Moore of Vancouver; Wendy Gardner of Welchs, Ore., and Jacob, Andrea and Jeremy Coronado of Walla Walla.
In recent years, Kay battled health issues but still managed to visit her great-granddaughter, Cali Coronado, every week. She resided over the last 22 years with her roommate, Shirley Roesch.
The memorial funeral service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla, with the Rev. Steve Morris officiating. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.