SUDLERSVILLE — Josephine Mae (Sweeny) Garrett, 92, of Sudlersville died Nov. 9, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Garrett was born on Jan. 26, 1924, in Newark, Del., daughter of the late Thomas B. and Elsie (Caldwell) Sweeny. She was raised in Wilmington, Del. and, after her marriage in 1942, they moved to Kent County. In 1948, they moved to Millington, where she and her husband operated a farm and raised five children. In 1965, they moved to the town of Millington. Mrs. Garrett enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, playing cards and games, cooking delicious meals and painting beautiful ceramics.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Earl Garrett Sr.; her son-in-law, John R. Mulford Jr. and four sisters: Irene Burris, June Russell, Florence Calloway and Virginia Ann Sweeny.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by her children, Joanne Mulford of Galena, Earl Garrett Jr. (Vicky) of Millington, Barbara Carter (Wayne) of Dover, Del., Burton Garrett of Sudlersville and Mark Garrett (Mary) of Smyrna, Del.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one step grandchild; three step great-grandchildren; two step great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas B. Sweeny Jr., and two sisters, Frances Nowakowski and Vada Lockerman (Gene), all of Delaware.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 14, in the Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech. Burial followed in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617. vocalist who sang with the Annapolis Chorale, passionate animal advocate who rescued many pets, skilled gardener and recent devoted caregiver for Home Instead.
She enjoyed the performing arts immensely and was loved for her great sense of humor and joyful spirit. She was a loving wife and mother and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. White Sr. and Bessie Marie Crovato; and stepfather, Alfred L. Crovato; sisters, Geneva White Rochleau and Charlotte White; and brothers, J.C. “Joe” White Jr. and Johnathon White.
Mrs. Niven is survived by her husband, Henry Niven; daughter Victoria Valton and husband Christophe Valton of Tucson, AZ; sister, Thelma Bradford White of Kingsport, TN; brothers, Fred White of Kingsport, TN, J.D. White and Faye Howard White of Fort Worth, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private service will take place at Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel and Jobe Cemetery in Erwin, TN. An online guest registr y may be signed at ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maryland SPCA (MDSPCA.org) and the Annapolis Chorale (liveartsmaryland.org).