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Drew Baptist Church
Friday September 3rd, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am

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Drew Baptist Church
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Gayla Jan Garrison

DREW- Gayla Jan Garrison age 67 of Drew, MS passed away Monday, August 30, 2021, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus, MS.

A visitation for Gayla will be held Friday, September 3, 2021, from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM in the Drew Baptist Church Sanctuary. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will follow at 10:00 AM Friday, September 3, 2021, at Drew Baptist Church in Drew, MS.

Gayla was born on January 11, 1954, to Edward J and Norma Janice Hicks Garrison in Kennett, MO. She moved to the Delta in 1967 with her family where she graduated from North Sunflower Academy in 1971. She attended Delta State University and went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a BS in Nursing. After graduation she worked with Delta State University's Nursing Department, she also worked at Bolivar Medical Center for 10 years. While serving as the Director of In-Service at Bolivar Medical Center, she also taught childbirth classes before moving to St. Louis MO to work at Barnes-Jewish Hospital as a critical care nurse. After her retirement, she moved back to Drew in 2009 to be near her mother and family. Gayla was a caregiver by heart; she loved being with her family especially her nephews and nieces whom she adored. She loved to read, play piano, laugh, cook, cross-stitch, and watch movies.
She was a member of Drew Baptist Church where she enjoyed serving in many capacities.

Gayla was preceded in death by her father, Ed Garrison.
She is survived by her mother, Norma Janice Garrison of Drew, MS, brother, Brent Garrison (Jan) of Drew, MS, sister, Pam Garrison of Cleveland, MS, nephew, John Brent Garrison (Victoria) of Drew, MS, niece, Mary Sullivan(David) of Lonoke, AR, five great-nieces and nephews, Max Leo Garrison, Jax Brent Garrison, Mia Louise Garrison, Anne Ellice Sullivan, and Trip Sullivan.

Pallbearers will be John Brent Garrison, James Raspberry, Mark Raspberry, Jimmy Reed, Frank Bizzell, and Michael Westmoreland.

Memorials may be made to Drew Baptist Church.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The online guest register may be signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net.

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Gayla taught me how to be an ICU nurse! I invoke her in practice all the time, and if you hear me talking at work you will hear just a little Gayla in my delivery from time to time.
She was absolutely the most competent nurse I've ever worked with. She had such a keen intelligence, and somehow managed to be both very no-nonsense AND incredibly kind.
My deepest sympathies to Gayla's family-I feel like I know many of you because I heard stories about you for years.
Thank you Gayla, for all you taught me, and for the memories that even in this moment have me laughing through tears.

Jennifer Lyerla Sep 6 2021 10:17 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.

Gail Sharp Sep 6 2021 2:48 PM

Gayla was a true joy to work with. An excellent nurse who took exceptional care of her patients. I am truly blessed to have worked with and learned from Gayla. Rest well friend!

Lisa Shannon Sep 5 2021 7:06 PM

All nurses touch many lives, but this was especially true of Gayla. She was beloved by her co-workers for her humor, confidence, competence, and compassion for her patients. She made a positive difference in this world. What more can anyone ask.

Michelle Bertolo RN Sep 5 2021 10:34 AM

Gayla you were such a treasure to us all! You will be missed by so many people. You were such an excellent nurse but also a wonderful person. Rest In Peace. My condolences to her family.

Debbie Lindemann Sep 4 2021 9:03 PM

I worked with Gayla when she was a RN at Barnes Hospital, very pleasant and professional, such a loving person. She has touched a lot of people and will truly be missed.

Pearlene Mood-Young Sep 4 2021 7:23 PM

Wishing your family and friends comfort and peace. You were a wonderful coworker to all. Rest In Peace

Jean Greco Sep 4 2021 7:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gayla Garrison

Jean Greco Sep 4 2021 7:01 PM

I was blessed to have worked with such an amazing soul! She had the most contagious smile and laugh! She will be truly missed <3

Kandi O'Brien Sep 4 2021 6:33 PM

I am so sorry to hear about GG. I so enjoyed working with Gayla at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She was an awesome nurse. She always gave 110%. I precepted Gayla when she started, but she really precepted. Whenever Gayla worked with you or followed you, you had to always bring your A game. Gayla was a beautiful person inside and out. My condolences to the family.

Lynn Johnson Sep 4 2021 5:20 PM

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