Gloria Jane  Kerr-Garrison-Sawyer

Gloria Jane Kerr-Garrison-Sawyer

Gloria Jane Kerr-Garrison-Sawyer, 82, left the arms of her beloved husband, William (Bill) Sawyer, early Friday morning, Sept. 24, 2021, to be with her heavenly Father.

She spent her last days with Bill and daughter Kim at her side helping with her struggles with COPD, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and other complications.

She was the ninth-born of 11 children to Joseph and Ida Hickson Kerr. 

She is survived by two sisters, Doris Haynes of Newark, Delaware, and Joan Dohm of Turlock, Calif.; and one brother, Alan Kerr (Marilyn) of Ullin.

 Upon high school graduation, she began her travels and settled in California, where she met Kenneth Garrison. The were married six weeks later, on Sept. 20, 1957. 

Jane and Ken were blessed with daughter Kimberley and two sons, John and Ward. 

Living in Merced, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., she supported her husband as he pursued his career with the Boeing company by staying home with their children. 

After 15 adventurous years on the West Coast, the family returned to the Midwest and settled on a farm in Ash Grove, Mo.

She was no stranger to the demands of farm life and, in addition to taking care of the home and farm, she went to work full-time as an office manager with Home Healthcare.

She retired from Home Healthcare in 1994 and planned to spend her days in a new home on Table Rock Lake in Blue Eye, Mo., with her husband Ken, who had been disabled from heart disease seven years prior. 

After 38 years of marriage, she was widowed on April 19, 1995, and found herself moving into her new home alone.

God willed her not to be alone and sent angel Bill Sawyer to wipe her tears and hold her hand forever, beginning with their marriage on Feb. 15, 1997. 

She enjoyed 17 healthy years of travel with Bill, visiting her favorite destination, Hawaii, numerous times. Travels also included trips to the Holy Land, Aruba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and many other car and bus trips within the continental United States. 

Lung cancer cancelled her eighth Hawaiian trip in October of 2014. Bill endured and remained at her side for her final seven years battling her deteriorating health.

She was multitalented, and not only could she run a perfect stitch crafting clothes and curtains for her homes and making homemade patterns and handmade quilts for each of her children and grandchildren, she could also sniff a bargain, play a joke, pull a calf, run a trot line and catch, clean, batter and fry a crappie. 

She worshipped the Lord at Cherry Street Baptist Church of Springfield, Mo., and practiced her faith sharing with those less fortunate in her community and beyond.

She suffered the loss of her son Ward Garrison, 50, in 2015.

 She is survived by her daughter Kimberley Meier (Gerry) of St. Charles, Mo.; son John Garrison (Gina) of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughter-in-law Robin Garrison of Russellville, Mo.; grandchildren Kenny Meier, 39, Ashley Meier, 37, Zach Meier, 36, Andy Meier, 34, Shannon Butler, 35, Audrey Garrison, 24, Austin Garrison, 22; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Greenlawn Funeral Home East in Springfield, Mo.

Memorials can be made to

This announcement is courtesy of Crain Funeral Home in Ullin.

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