Marie Garrett, born March 12, 1946 in Salt Lake City, Utah to GOODLY PARENTS, D. Raymond Garrett and F. Vera Chisholm.
Marie has ONE full-blooded sibling, her Eldest Sister Verae. The Sister’s Father returned home to our Heavenly Parents when Marie was only 1-year old from Rheumatic Heart Complications brought on while at Boot Camp for WWII.
Marie’s Widowed Mother remarried Widower, James Ralph Hardman when she was 6 years old. Mr. Hardman had three children from his First Wife(Jim, Neil and Shirley) together Vera & Ralph had a son Arland, Marie’s Half-brother.
Marie grew up in the Salt Lake valley and attended Granite High School #goFARMERS where she was a member of the Latin club and learned to play cello in the Orchestra. She was a straight A Student and had a great love of music, learning to play the piano very well. She originally taught herself to play and then later would clean homes, iron laundry and babysit for the neighbors to earn money to take Lessons from a Lady of her Ward.
Her Step-father, Mr. Hardman, worked for Kennecott Copper and so when there was a strike or delay in production he would take the family and drive out to California to visit his Sister-in-law and do some sight seeing. They would visit Knott’s Berry Farm, and one time
went north to see the redwoods. He would stay in contact with the other employees and when he heard the strike was ending they’d head back home.
After High School Graduation she went to Brigham Young University with the intention of becoming a Nurse. She was in the program for 3 years and during her second year she served as President of Whitney Hall and her 3rd year she was Vice President of all of the Heritage Halls, which kept her busy managing both school and her social life and responsibilities. After three years she decided to try something different and went to cosmetology school where she graduated a couple of years later with a 98% on her state boards.
She met John Kirton at a local hall during one of the weekend dances and they found that they shared a mutual love of dancing. She got married in 1969 when she was 22. She had 6 children while also working to provide for her family. She sold Tupperware at parties when her kids were younger as well as working as a beautician on people’s hair. She loved to sew and made many of her children’s clothes as they were growing up. The girls were in dance and she would make their costumes. She even made jeans including decorated pockets, until her kids got old enough to insist on designer brands.
As her kids got older she went to work as a file clerk and was later trained as a personal injury and bankruptcy secretary for the law firm Rulon T. Burton and Associates. She also worked as
an office manager at Allan Communications arranging travel schedules. During that time the company paid for her to visit New York and she had a fun chance to see the city and a Broadway play. Her children often said that she was the hardest working person they knew and she worked very hard to support her family. After her divorce from John she married Brent Landvatter in 1997 and worked with him as his Office Manager. The relationship lasted about 7 years.
After their marriage ended she started working as a Piano Teacher, traveling around the Great Salt Lake Valley to teach in the homes of her Students. She also served as a Temple Worker at the Jordan River Temple and as Pianist and Choir Director the Ward. She has a strong Testimony of the Gospel.
Like with her Mother, Marie once again displayed great courage as she tended to her Eternal Daughter of Zion, Kollette Michaelson, in the few months as Kollette struggled with cancer that took her life only a few years following the birth of her Grandson Joshua.
Shortly after Kollette’s passing Marie Garrett met Widower, Ed Moss and they married, October 2019. They live happy healthy lives in their home in South Jordan.