Mary Margaret Jett

unknown - August 5, 2011

Mary Margaret Jett, age 86, of California, formerly of Russellville, passed away Thursday, August 5, 2011, at the California Care Center in California. She was born October 15, 1924, in Chamois, the daughter of Houston and Lena Starr, both of whom preceded her in death. In 1947, Mary moved to Jefferson City to become part of the Melvin G. and Gertrude Gardner family, participating in an active family life helping to raise eight children, running a large hunting dog kennel, and having an opportunity for her passion and love of caring for and riding horses. Mary enjoyed square dancing, obtaining an official square dancing degree, always dreaming of the western "lifestyle". She also enjoyed gardening, and had a keen love for dogs and horses. After 51 years with the Gardner family, Mary spent over 10 years in Hartsburg with her good friend, Louise Dusenberry. In 1997, she rediscovered her first teenage love from Osage County, Raymond Jett, and was married May 16, 1998, in Linn, at the age of 75. Mary and Raymond resided in Russellville for the last 11 years enjoying the small town life and their good friends, Larry and Fran Strobel and family. She is survived by her husband Raymond, and her adopted and loved Gardner family: James Gardner of Moberly, Tana Shivers of Warrensburg, Sharon Gardner of Denver, Colo., Karen Gardner of Lake Ozark, Kent Gardner of Kansas City, Eric Gardner of Kansas City, and Jenny Gardner of Jefferson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Melvin Gardner. With her flame red hair and crystal blue eyes, all the stories and good times, she will always be remembered by all who loved her. Visitation will be Monday, August 8, 2011, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Corticelli Baptist Church, with Bro. Ryan Stiffler officiating. Burial will be in the Enloe cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association - Mid-Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, MO 65201. Arrangements are under the direction of Weber Funeral Home in Russellville.

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