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Garnet Van Horn

Posted on September 7, 2021


Garnet Perry Van Horn, originally from Robinson, died at Primrose Retirement Community in Newburgh, Ind. on Sept. 3, 2021. 
Born Feb. 26, 1929, in Mingo County, W. Va., Garnet was the daughter of Uley Perry and Hallie Cline Perry. While at Berea College she met, and in 1948 married Clifford Layne Van Horn of Louisa, Ky., who preceded
her in death on May 30, 2000. Also preceding her in death were brothers Mervil Perry and Thurman Perry, a sister Betty Perry and a sister-in-law Dorothy Sue Wharton.
Garnet graduated from Berea with majors in English and social studies and also earned a Master of Science degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University. Garnet enjoyed teaching very much and was qualified to teach grades six through twelve. She taught high school in Olney and Hutsonville and finished her career at Nuttall Middle School where she taught English for seventeen years.
Garnet had many dear friends with whom she shared many activities. She loved to read and for ten years was leader of the book club sponsored by the Robinson Public Library. She was also active in various bridge clubs throughout
the years. Garnet was an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and looked forward to the start of each new season. Friends and family knew better than to call her during a game.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-inlaw Rosanna and Ken Fitts and Michele and Stan Baird, both of Evansville and by her grandchildren Sara Fitts, Eric Fitts and Zachary Baird.
She is also survived by brothers Dr. Simon Perry (Francis), Huey Perry (Jill), Winston Perry (Joyce) and by sisters Drema Ferrell (Carl) and Kathleen Punturi and by her sister-in-law Dreama Perry as well as many nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Goodwine Funeral Home in Robinson. Burial is in Alexander Memorial Park, Evansville, with private service at Heritage Chapel Mausoleum. Donations in
Garnet’s name can be made to the “Robinson Public Library,” 606 N. Jefferson St., Robinson,
IL 62454. Memorial envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
A wonderful family, good friends, a most satisfying career, and living in Robinson were some of the things she considered blessings. She had all of these.
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