|Lucille Dawson Garrett Doss was born on August 25, 1894 in Lisbon, Louisiana. Her life spanned more than eighty-four years before she graduated into life immortal on October 16, 1978.
Lucille Dawson, a young teacher in the Public Schools of north Louisiana, married Gordon Wesley Garrett on April 23, 1914. In a few years her career as Public School Teacher ended when the Garretts were blessed with their first child. When her third son was two years old, death claimed her husband, Mr. Garrett, on June 6, 1916. She continued to live on the cotton farm and actually farmed for several years to maintain her home for her children. Throughout their marriage the Garretts were most active in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she faithfully served through the years as organist, Church School teacher, and active member and officer in the WSCS (The United Methodist Women). She continued to oversee the farm and family, and she was one of the first to work with the State Agricultural Committee, working in Homer, Louisiana.
In 1938 she married the late William Lafayette Doss, Jr., pastor of First Church, Lake Charles. Faithfully she served with Brother Doss in Lake Charles, the Monroe and Baton Districts, Haynesville, Bunkie and in Boyce. After their tenure in Boyce, they moved next door to the Parsonage in Haynesville where their faithful work in the Church and their loyalty to Almighty God continued to be a great blessing for His Kingdom.
Again widowed on March 30, 1970, she moved to Alexandria where she completed her earthly life. She was also preceded in death by one of her sons, Dawson Garrett, who died in October of 1957. She is survived by two sons, F. Gordon Garrett and Donald Murray Garrett, both of Alexandria; her daughter-in-law, Jaunita Lowe Garrett of Haynesville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her faithfulness to God as wife, mother, church member and minister’s wife leave a living witness in the lives she so graciously touched as she gave so willingly of herself for others.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 185 By Jack Winegeart|