Elaine Kay Garnett, daughter of Max (Jim) Blum and Laverne Schirmbeck was born April 20, 1947 in Jefferson and died May 9, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines at the age of 67 years.
Elaine grew up in Jefferson and graduated with a GED from Jefferson High School. She later married Carl Allbee on February 22, 1964 and divorced in 1993. On June 29, 1996, Elaine was united in marriage to Roger Garnett. Elaine worked at numerous places during her lifetime which includes Casey’s, Supervalu, A&W, and AAI. She retired after many years at AAI.
Elaine was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson. She had many interests and qualities. In addition to her family, she cared for many others. Elaine was an avid gardener and raised beautiful flowers. She was proud of her vegetable garden, which she processed every year. Elaine also enjoyed reading, hiking with her dog Cabe, which she strongly admired and she also enjoyed mushroom hunting and redecorating her home.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Cindy Jo, her granddaughter Rachelle and numerous aunts and uncles. Left to treasure her memory is her husband, Roger Garnett of Jefferson; her daughters, Terri Allbee of Lehigh, and Sherri Allbee of Des Moines; son James Allbee and his wife Erica of Morrisville, North Carolina; brothers, Dennis Blum and his wife Gail of Jefferson, and Nick Schirmbeck and special friend Marcy Lowe of Jefferson; sister Pam Hamilton and her husband Alex of Jefferson; and father-in-law, Carl Garnett of Jefferson. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in law, a step-sister and four step-brothers; other relatives and many friends.
Honorary bearers are Ben Ayala, Brianna Allbee, Mia Allbee, Hudson Ford, Brandt Humphrey, Amy Blum, Kendall Peterson, Kaden ROberts, Erica Rose and Amebr Gross. Casket Bearers are Anthony Peterson, Joey Peterson, Nick Shirmbeck, Brandon Schirmbeck, Cory Rose and David Garnett.