Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, January 5, 1995


Bernice M. Garretson of Haxtun was born November 27, 1908 in Haxtun to Paul and Anna Lundberg Holmquist. She passed away December 22, 1994 in Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins at the age of 86.


Bernice was the oldest daughter in the family and moved to Haxtun when she was 7 years old.  She spent her education years in the Fairfield/Haxtun area and graduated from Haxtun High School in 1928.


She married Alvy Garretson on September 19, 1928. To this union were born two sons and two daughters. Bernice enjoyed sports participation as well as watching. She was a faithful member of the Fairfield Church and was involved in many church activities for many years.  She was well known for her wit and sense of humor and her special home-made rolls provided for many community and family meals.


Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Alvy, daughter Maxine and grandchildren Delvin, Kerry, Terry Lynn and Scott.


Survivors include sons Pat Garretson and wife Dola of Sterling, Zeke Garretson and wife Maurine of Fort Collins; daughter Imogene Naggatz of Holyoke; brother Vernon Holmquist of Holyoke; sisters Leona Ruch, Ruby Carlson, Vida Roberts and Florence Childers; brother and sisters-in-law Floyd and Velma Garretson, Blanche Garretson; friend Marilyn Garretson; six grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.


Services were Tuesday, December 27, 1994 at the Fairfield Covenant Church with Rev. Dale Bishop officiating. Burial followed at Haxtun Cemetery.

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