GARRISON, Gail S., age
51, passed away on September 8, 2017. Gail was born on November 24, 1965, in New York, where she was adopted by Robert and Judith Arthofer. She graduated from Westlake High School in 1983 and Michigan State University in 1988. Gail was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She received a degree in early childhood and K-12 education. Gail spent 28 years working in Henrico County Schools teaching children from kindergarten to second grade. She was passionate about her students and her job, which was demonstrated through her willingness to offer help to anyone in need. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching NASCAR, cheering for the Cleveland Browns, the Michigan State Spartans, and attending her son’s baseball games. She was also a passionate animal lover and spent many years volunteering with the Henrico Humane Society. Gail is survived by Jeremy Garrison ( son); her parents of Oak Ridge, N.C.; and her two siblings, James Arthofer of Waynesburg Ohio and Elizabeth Haines ( Scott) of Ferndale, Michigan; as well as a niece and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p. m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Dumbarton Rd., Henrico, Va. Viewing and visitation will be held at the same location from 1: 30 to 2: 45 p. m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a GoFundMe account with details located on her son’s as well as her own Facebook page, which will raise money to support the Dumbarton Elementary School PTA and the Henrico Humane Society.