Top Banner for Mabel Garner Obituary
Mabel Garner Obituary

Brought to you by Caruth Hale Funeral Home

Mabel Garner

Hot Springs, Arkansas

February 19, 1925 - June 8, 2024

Mabel Garner Obituary

Mabel Viola Montgomery Garner, 99, of White Hall, Arkansas, passed away on June 8, 2024. She was born in Guernsey, Ohio to parents Roger and Effie Montgomery on February 19, 1925. Mabel's older sister Gladys Dillion (Carl) and younger brother Gerald (Shirley) grew up on the family dairy farm in Ohio.


During Mabel's many years at the Pentagon in Washington DC, she was privileged to be a secretary for Dwight D. Eisenhower (later President of the United States) and was the 1st civilian to know WWII was over.

She met her husband Navy man Shelton Garner Sr. in the Pentagon. Friends kidded her that she would not tell Shelton Sr. how to get out of the Pentagon unless he married her. Mabel and Shelton Sr. traveled the world with the Navy. They spent 11 years in Trinidad and Panama. Their first child (Shelton Garner Jr.) was born at the end of their Navy career in New York City.


After her husband's retirement from the Navy, the family moved near El Dorado, Arkansas where Shelton Sr. and his best friend Pete Plair (Ann) bought property where they both grew up on Jones Lake to start their own hunting and fishing camp. The property later became a part of Felsenthal Wildlife Refuge.They had a daughter a year later (Shelley Garner McCormick). After Shelton Sr.'s passing; the family relocated to Hot Springs, Arkansas.


AETN featuring "Women in War" sent a film crew to Hot Springs in the early 2000's to film a segment of Mabel's experience in the Pentagon during WWII. Mabel retired for the last time at 88 from AARP "helping older people find jobs". She made the cover of AARP's Insider Magazine but, was quick to let you know it was not the swimsuit edition.


Mabel enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Ariel Garner Sweet and Alexa McCormick Gibbs (Connor) and great grandchildren Chris and Mattie Sweet and Benson Gibbs.


In the last weeks of Mabel's life; we are especially grateful to Gentiva Hospice, Assisted Senior Care (Tonya Pamplin) and Doctor Connor Gibbs (GSIL) and Doctor Alexa McCormick Gibbs (GD) for their extraordinary care, extended time and attention to Mabel (Grandma Garner).


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Mabel Garner hosted by Caruth Hale Funeral Home.

Mabel Viola Montgomery Garner, 99, of White Hall, Arkansas, passed away on June 8, 2024. She was born in Guernsey, Ohio to parents Roger and Effie Montgomery on February 19, 1925. Mabel's older sister Gladys Dillion (Carl) and younger brother Gerald (Shirley) grew up on the family dairy farm in Ohio.


During Mabel's many years at the Pentagon in Washington DC, she was privileged to be a secretary for Dwight D. Eisenhower (later President of the United States) and was the 1st civilian to know WWII was over.

She met her husband Navy man Shelton Garner Sr. in the Pentagon. Friends kidded her that she would not tell Shelton Sr. how to get out of the Pentagon unless he married her. Mabel and Shelton Sr. traveled the world with the Navy. They spent 11 years in Trinidad and Panama. Their first child (Shelton Garner Jr.) was born at the end of their Navy career in New York City.


After her husband's retirement from the Navy, the family moved near El Dorado, Arkansas where Shelton Sr. and his best friend Pete Plair (Ann) bought property where they both grew up on Jones Lake to start their own hunting and fishing camp. The property later became a part of Felsenthal Wildlife Refuge.They had a daughter a year later (Shelley Garner McCormick). After Shelton Sr.'s passing; the family relocated to Hot Springs, Arkansas.


AETN featuring "Women in War" sent a film crew to Hot Springs in the early 2000's to film a segment of Mabel's experience in the Pentagon during WWII. Mabel retired for the last time at 88 from AARP "helping older people find jobs". She made the cover of AARP's Insider Magazine but, was quick to let you know it was not the swimsuit edition.


Mabel enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Ariel Garner Sweet and Alexa McCormick Gibbs (Connor) and great grandchildren Chris and Mattie Sweet and Benson Gibbs.


In the last weeks of Mabel's life; we are especially grateful to Gentiva Hospice, Assisted Senior Care (Tonya Pamplin) and Doctor Connor Gibbs (GSIL) and Doctor Alexa McCormick Gibbs (GD) for their extraordinary care, extended time and attention to Mabel (Grandma Garner).


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Mabel Garner hosted by Caruth Hale Funeral Home.

Events

Event information can be found on the Official Obituary of Mabel Garner.