Funeral services for Lora B. Garrison, 91, will be held Thursday Nov. 9 at 1pm at Utopia Methodist Church. Pastor Chuck Crane officiating. Interment at Jones Cemetery.
Lora B. Garrison died after a brief illness on Nov. 5. 2017.
She was born March 25, 1926 at the Davis Ranch in NE Uvalde Co. to Bob Davis and Annie Lee Davis. With her seven brothers and sisters, Lora B. helped her parents run their Angora Goat operation.
Lora B. married Roger William Garrison on June 20, 1942 in Uvalde and the couple embarked on a thirty-year career in the Air Force. With their growing family they moved frequently throughout Texas, the United States and the world. Assignments took them to Nashville, Tn., Corpus Christi, Tx., San Antonio, Tx., Montgomery, Al., Bloomington, In., College Station, Tx., and Sumter, S.C. Overseas assignments included Guam, France and Thailand.
They returned to the Davis Ranch in 1971 where they built a home on Blanket Creek off FM 1050.
Lora B. was a home maker and milliner (having made hats for Lady Bird Johnson and Alice Roosevelt Longworth among other Washington luminaries).
After returning to the Hill Country she became interested in genealogy and the folk history of Frio Canyon pioneers. She began collecting oral histories which she published in regional publications and Texas Folklore Society books. In the 1980s she wrote a column called “Stomping Grounds” for the Uvalde Leader-News. Her interest in local history led her to become a professional story teller and over the years she made many appearances at schools, libraries and festivals to share her stories of the early pioneers of the Frio Canyon.
The Garrison home became a popular bed and breakfast inn in the 1980s. Guests returned often, and many became friends.
Honors included Woman of the Year by Texas Press Women in 1984. She was a past President of the Caddell-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the Texas Folklore Society. Board memberships included Board of Directors for the Alamo, Board of the French Legation Museum in Austin and Board of the Republic of Texas Museum.
Lora B. was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and sisters, her sons David William Garrison and Roger Allen Garrison and her beloved husband of 58 years Roger William Garrison.
Survivors include daughter-in-law Judy Garrison of San Antonio, daughter Betty Gauche Roy and her husband Bert of Eagle Co., son John Garrison and his wife Cindy Alexander of Keller, Tx. and daughter LeAnn Sharp and her husband Anthony of Utopia, Tx.
Grand children include Paige Garrison, Michael Gauche, Lane Garrison, Bain Walker, Forrest Walker, Shelly Sharp, Kelly Sharp, Bregger Garrison and JesseLee Garrison.
Great grandchildren are Taylor Garrison, Salina Phillips, William Moreland, Brennen Walker, Bailey Fink, Charlotte Walker, Malachi Fink, Everly Fink and Austen Garrison.
Lora B. is also survived by many, many friends and extended family members.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Utopia EMS, Utopia Volunteer Fire Dept., Utopia Library, Utopia School Library, Leakey Library or El Progresso Library Archives.
A very special Lady and a beautiful part of my family for 40 years. We both lost sons and that was a bond we shared. She and Roger were special people who welcomed my youngest son, born in 2000, to Utopia and she remained a special person in his life. She was a great friend to my parents and comforted me at their passing. She stood up with my high school sweetheart and I in 2015 at our wedding in Fayetteville, Texas where she met another Texas History buff in the person of Steve Haley. We talked often and she was so excited with the results of her recent surgery and was looking forward to dancing at her grandsons upcoming wedding. She will be missed by so many but I believe that if you look up at the Stars on a clear Texas night you’ll see those twinkling eyes looking down on you, her family and her Beloved Texas.
C.H. Harvey FamilyFayetteville, TX
It saddens me deeply that my friend is gone. I have lots of fun memories with Mrs. B. And I've never met a more lively person. We shared lots of stories and laughter. God bless all of you. My prayers are with you.
Edith PriceBoerne, TX
Lori B. was, in the words of Frank Dobie, truly "out of the old rock." She has now finally reunited with Roger. She will be missed. Grace and peace to her family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Charles and Joni DavisAugusta, KS