Marie Garrett

Marie was born March 12, 1946 in Salt LakeCity, Utah to David R. Garrett and F. Vera Chisholm.
She has an older sister Verae. Her father died when she was only 1-year from heart complications.
Her mother remarried James R. Hardman who had three children from his first wife: Jim, Neil and
Shirley and together they had a son Arland, her half-brother.
Marie grew up in the Salt Lake valley and attended Granite high school 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 in her ward.
Her step-father Ralph 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 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 third 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 that marriage ended she started working as a piano teacher, traveling around the 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 in her ward. She has a strong testimony of the gospel.
She helped care for her daughter Kollette and her grandson Joshua the last few months of her
life as she struggled with cancer. Shortly after her daughter’s passing she met Ed Moss and they
married in October 2019. As of this publication she is still living in her home in South Jordan.