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Shari Lynn Yardley Garrett

February 13, 1965 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old

Shari Yardley Garrett Obituary

Shari Lynn (Yardley) Garrett was born to John Yardley and Georgia Yardley Barker on February 13, 1965, at Wiesbaden Air Base, in Germany and she passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 11, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. Shari and her younger sister, Julia, enjoyed a happy childhood traveling and living mostly in Louisiana, California and later Utah. Her greatest memories were of time spent with family and taking vacations with her loving husband, Ray. Whether it was Cancun, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Catalina Island, Sandals, or just to a California or Texas beach; she wouldn't want to be anywhere else. She loved the time she got to spend with her children and grandchildren outside, in the back yard that she worked so hard on. 

She married her forever love, Raymond Garrett, on December 11, 1992, in Ogden Utah and they would be celebrating their 31st anniversary in December of this year. Shari and Ray were perfect companions and loved spending time together. They supported each other's passions, hobbies, and quirks. From building decks to entertain company, to planting unlimited amounts of flowers, vegetables, fruits, and whatever else. They shared a love that people search their entire lives for. They loved entertaining family and friends; with Ray on the grill and Shari making her famous potato salad or homemade salsa. You never left their house hungry and if you did it was never a fault of theirs!

She leaves behind three sons who she dearly loved – Shaun, BJ, and Austin;  two stepchildren – Bradley and Stephanie, six grandchildren, 5 beautiful granddaughters and 1 handsome grandson;  Anastasia, Sammy, Patience, Ariel, McKenzie, and Madison; and her step grandchildren Mariah, Isaiah, Jada, and​ Amelia. She loved each of them dearly and made every effort to show it to them in any way possible. Whether it was random gifts, long loving hugs, or just spending time with them out playing in the yard. She made sure that each of them knew that her love was unconditional.

Shari will be remembered by many for her musical talents. She loved playing piano and began playing for her church primary program at the age of 10. She then became the church organist at the age of 12 for her Sunday school program. She was also talented physically and was voted the best player on her Basketball team at Park View High School by the Referees. She shared her passion of sports and music with her children, even if they weren't always accepting of it. Whether it was teaching piano to her oldest, working on cars with her middle child, or supporting her youngest in baseball and golf. She gave everything she had to see them happy and successful.

Anyone who knew Shari knew how strong-willed, independent, compassionate, and loving she could be. She was never the warmest person, but you always knew she cared and had yours and everyone else's best interests in mind. She considered everyone her family, and treated and loved her sons’ friends, as her own children. She cared deeply about her community and made sure her children were raised to care about what was happening around them as well. To this day, you can find many heated debates in her household over politics, religion, and other "taboo" topics.   

Her final months were spent in the sweet loving care of her husband Ray. No one could have asked for a better caregiver. We are beyond grateful for everyone who stopped by to see her, to share their love and support, and just to say hi. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

At this time, we will not be holding a memorial service. We (and she) would prefer to celebrate her life when everyone can be around and when the weather is warm enough to enjoy what she loved doing. We will announce the dates of her celebration of life as the time gets closer. 

You are missed and loved more than you'll ever know.

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