Northwest NEWS

July 30, 2001


Anne Paris Garson

March 3, 1924 - July 23, 2001
   Anne Garson passed away in her sleep on the morning of July 23 after having lived, as she described it, "A very full life."
   She was born in Calcutta, India, the daughter of G.M. "Jerry" and Carolyn Lee Paris.
   She married Sherman Victor Garson at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Seattle. Her husband was sent to Hawaii/Pacific Theater until the end of World War II. She was employed at the Bothell Medical Clinic, and her husband started the GARIS Company doing metallurgical work for various manufacturing companies.
   They raised their four children in southern California after which she completed her Bachelors Degree in journalism. Following retirement, she devoted her life to tireless volunteer work.
   Anne was an avid athlete and competed in many golf tournaments and masters distance swimming competitions. She had a great love for music and the arts and was herself an accomplished musician. She played the piano and wrote original compositions and musical comedies. She was a marvelous and varied writer. Her work was published in the Northshore Citizen and The Sonoma West sports section. She also loved gardening.
   After her husband's death she moved back to the Northwest where she and her sister-in-law, Judy, helped her "little" brother win a seat in the Washington State House of Representatives in 1989 and care for her stepmother, Mary Paris, who died in 1992.
   Anne's memory will be carried on by many friends, including her family: Gary Garson of Abilene, Texas, Gail Alioto of Santa Rosa, Glen Garson of Garden Grove, and Grant Garson of Sebastopol; her daughters-in-law, Judy Garson and Melody Garson; her brother Marshall Paris and wife Judy of Bothell; her beloved friend Polly Goring Hopkins of Fresno, Calif; her seven grandchildren; five nieces and nephews; and her "adopted" son, Jorge Garcia. Her joyful and generous spirit will be missed by all.
   The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to any of the following charitable organizations: The Living Room Women's Shelter, P.O. Box 14056 Santa Rosa, CA 95401; Heavenly Treasures Thrift Shop; the Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401; as well as the Butterfly Thrift Shop and Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 82677, Kenmore, WA 98028.
   A memorial celebrating Anne's life will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Church of the Redeemer 6211 NE 182nd, Kenmore. Her remains will join her parents and her husband in The Memorial Garden at Redeemer.