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Jean Garrett
July 29, 1922-March 20, 2024
Palo Alto, California

Submitted by Doug Garrett

Jean Garrett, a longtime Palo Alto resident, died at age 101 in her home in College Terrace on March 20, 2024. Jean was a WWII Veteran, a breast cancer survivor, a peace activist and a great neighborhood walker with her husband Paul, who died in 2016. Jean and Paul shared seventy happy years together.

Jean was born outside Redding, California in 1922. She met Paul while they were both still in the service and they settled in Palo Alto where they raised their two children. Renowned for her culinary skills, friends dubbed her home “Chez Garrett.” A vegetarian and pescatarian for decades, she was a strong advocate for healthy and delicious eating. Concerned about the environment, Jean worked to enlist local employers to adopt meatless Mondays in their dining facilities. She also found delight in nature, especially animal babies.

She thrived at home with the loving and ever cheerful care of Cristina and Bernadette to whom the family is very grateful. In her last months Jean enjoyed simple pleasures: chocolate, orchids, her cat Lovey, and visits with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jean is survived by her children, Susan and Doug and their spouses; her grandchildren Carlos, Megan and Justin and seven great grandchildren.

We will miss her dearly.

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