Willa Suzanne Garman , 58
January 20, 2006, in Odessa, Texas
Willa Suzanne Adams Garman
After a long struggle with cancer, Willa Suzanne Adams Garman passed away on Friday, January 20 at the age of 58 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. Suzanne's survivors include her husband, Wayne Garman of Odessa Texas; two children, Cara S Hill of Conway, AR and Philip H Garman of McKinney, TX; one sister, Faye Sharp of Columbia, MO and a multitude of friends and relatives far too numerous to list here.
Suzanne was born in Camden, Arkansas on June 16, 1947 to Hartley and Marjorie Adams, and it was in Camden that she received her elementary and secondary education.
While attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in the late 1960s, Suzanne met her future husband, Wayne Garman of Gravette, Arkansas, and they were married in Camden, Arkansas on December 27, 1969.
In January 1970, Suzanne was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in business administration. In 1973, after further study at Tulsa Community College in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Suzanne earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science, and she was licensed to practice as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the state of Oklahoma.
From 1970 to 1992, the couple resided in Tulsa, where her husband was employed as a math teacher in the Tulsa Public School System. During her 22 years in Tulsa, Suzanne worked in the mortgage industry as a loan closer, in physical therapy and served as a district director in the Oklahoma Green Country Council of Campfire, Inc.
After the family moved to Odessa, Texas in 1992, Suzanne developed a strong interest in quilting, and in 1998 she became owner and manager of Needle Nook Quilt Store in Midland, Texas. Of the several vocations she has followed, Suzanne most enjoyed her work at the Needle Nook.
Suzanne has been a member of First United Methodist Church in Camden, Arkansas and East Tulsa Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through her long illness, Suzanne remained strong, courageous and productive, with a faith that never wavered- a faith that is summed up in a single verse of scripture- John 11:26. "... whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (NIV)
We, Suzanne's family, want to thank friends and relatives, near and far, for concern and prayers during Suzanne's long illness. Especially, we want to thank the selfless Needle Nook staff and West Texas quilters who so enriched the last years of her life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265