Graveside services for Carbon County native Jean Marie (Peterson) Garnett will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Mountain View Cemetery east of Riverside.
A celebration of life with full military honors was held Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Clearmont Community Church in Clearmont, Wyo., with Pastor Shane Haynes officiating. United States of America flag presentation and a 21-gun salute were conducted by the honor guard from Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Jean passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan. She was born in Rawlins to Winifred (Currey) Peterson and Virgil Peterson on July 14. 1957. She grew up in the Platte Valley area of Encampment and Saratoga and graduated from Berthoud, Colo., High School in 1975.
She was married to Joel Garnett on April 12, 1978 in Cheyenne. In April of 1980, they both decided to join and serve together in the United States Air Force, serving in Okinawa, Japan, as well as numerous other places around the world. She was a Russian Linguist for the 6990th Electronic Security Group. She was among the first women at that time to attend the academic airborne and in 1997 was assigned to the Air Force Space Command and ran the intelligence office (DOMI) at F.E Warren in Cheyenne.
Jean earned numerous awards and accommodations throughout her illustrious 18 year military career. She inspired many in her family to answer that call to our nation due to her exemplary courage and fortitude. Due to illness, Master Sergeant Garnett was forced into retirement in 2001, at which time she and Joel settled in Clearmont where they resided until her death.
Jean is survived by her husband, Joel; mother Winifred Allen of Saratoga; father, Virgil Peterson of Loveland, Colo.; brother, George (Ann) Allen; sisters, Connie Hazard, Susan (Kelley) Hoem, and Kristi (Gabe) Cruz; numerous nieces and nephews as well as many aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her step-father George Allen, grandparents, aunts and uncles and a nephew.
The family asks that instead of flowers to please send donations to SESCER emergency medical unit, PO Box 181, Clearmont, WY 82835.