Daisy Moreen Garner, who went by Moreen, was born in Hinderwell, Yorkshire England to Frederick and Zipporah Thompson who gave birth to her at their home which is in the family today. Her father was a sea captain in the Merchant Marine and was torpedoed by a German U-boat as he attempted a trans-Atlantic trip to Canada during World War I. He was lost at sea in October of 1916 and Moreen never had a chance to meet and get to know her dad.
She was raised by a single mother in Hinderwell along with 2 brothers who preceded her in death. Moreen loved the beautiful country side, the beach and North Sea which was only a mile from her home. She enjoyed sports and schooling and completed her degree at 18. She tried nursing and then business school whereupon she went to work in Middlesbrough for local government.
When Britain entered World War II, Moreen joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. She was initially stationed at Manchester where she met L.E. Garner from Texas who was serving in the U.S. Airforce. They met at dinner and went ballroom dancing and continued a courtship as Moreen was sent to Portsmouth where she worked in the control tower plotting friendly and enemy forces. They married before the war ended in Hinderwell and moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1946. They had 3 children, David Lee Garner who resides with wife Susanne in Cedar Hill, Texas, Stephen Paul Garner who lives with wife Ann in Houston, and also in Houston, Elizabeth Jane Shanks and husband James. All three children completed schooling in Hobbs where their mother was always there for them, serving as a homemaker and active in their lives. Her husband, L.E. passed away in 1969. Mrs. Garner remained in Hobbs until 1983.
Moreen lived to the ripe old age of 101. She was very active and healthy as she aged, often travelling and residing in her beloved home in England. There she enjoyed walking on the beach, shopping in the picturesque nearby town of Whitby and tending to her flowers in the garden. She enjoyed visits from her children and grandchildren and was always amused by her young great grandchildren dashing about. As with many late in life, humor often came from conversations with her saying "speak up I can't hear you" and often ending with "you don't have to yell, I'm not deaf". A failed hip finally slowed her down in her late 90's and at age 98, she moved to Houston to be closer to her children.
In addition to her 3 children, she is survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
A privilege to know such an interesting lady. She had a wonderful, long and blessed life. Keeping your family in my heart and prayers.
Alicia MartinHobbs, NM
The loss of a cherished loved one is the most devastating experiences a family can face. At times, the loss may seem unbearable. Please know that there are family and friends who care and more importantly Psalm 34:18 tells us that "God is near to those that are broken at heart. He is the God of all comfort. God will comfort you during this difficult time of grief. Our prayers are also with you and your family.
Williams FamilyDetroit, MI
So sorry, for your loss! What an interesting life she had. She probably
had some great stories.
Jeni DrennanHobbs, NM