Posted in Decatur County Journal(Iowa)March 25, 1897
Died at her home in Decatur City, Iowa, on Monday, March 15, 1897, Rachel Stella Garrett, aged sixty-seven years, five months and twenty-two days.
The deceased was born in Belmont County, Ohio, September 22, 1829. She was the tenth child of Jacob and Sarah Yost. When twelve years of age she removed with her parents to Monroe County, Ohio, where she resided until 1857, when she, in company with her father and mother came to Davis County, Iowa, locating near Pulaski. On October 29, 1859, she was married to W.C. Garrett; to this union four children-two sons and two daughters-Clyde W., Burgess W., Sarah A., and Eva A. were born, all of whom are still living.
The subject of this sketch was a woman of strong mental endowments, which she cultivated assiduously. In her young womanhood she followed the vocation of school teaching in her native state. She was a greater reader and was well posted on the current topics of the day.
In November, 1891, the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis, which affected her right side and her nervous system. From this date up to the time of her death she was a constant sufferer, finally yielding to this disease.
My mother's dear hands;her beautiful hands! How they cared for my infant days; They guided my feet into pleasant paths, And smoothed out the rugged ways.
My mother's dear hands;her beautiful hands! I know I shall clasp them once more; When my feet touch the brink of the Heavenly land, We shall meet on that golden shore.