September 10, 1927 ~ December 11, 2005
Pat Garbett, 50 year Manhattan Beach Resident and Teacher
A long-time resident, and a teacher in the Manhattan Beach School District, Pat Garbett passed away suddenly this past Sunday, December 11th, due to complications from a fall in her home. She was 78.
Mary Patricia (Pat) Garbett was born on September 10, 1927 in Los Angeles, and was the only child of Lucy and Herbert Barker. At the age of one Pat was chosen by Adhor Farms (the company that delivered milk door-to-door in Southern California) as their â€˜Adhor-able Babyâ€™, and she appeared in their newspaper ads. As her father ran a successful fruit brokerage business, she lived in El Centro and Beverly Hills until the family moved permanently to Los Angeles in 1941. (This move was just fine with her feisty Irish mother, Lucy, as it gave her the opportunity to enjoy the occasional genteel poker game on the gambling barges that were anchored off of Santa Monica in that era).
Pat graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles and decided she wanted to become a teacher. She was accepted to the University of Southern California in 1945 and graduated in 1949. In her sophomore at USC (which she always pronounced â€˜southmoreâ€™) year she joined the Delta Gamma Sorority, where she made many life-long friends.
After graduating from USC, Pat moved to Manhattan Beach and lived with several sorority sisters who had also decided to become teachers. They lived in the El Porto area of Manhattan Beach and had a grand time, enjoying teaching, the beach, volleyball, and regular sojourns to what was then the local watering hole and center of social activity, Ponchoâ€™s Restaurant.
(While Ponchoâ€™s had a Mexican them, the restaurant served great Chinese food whipped up in the back by the cook, Chin Lee).
After meeting her future husband, Jim Garbett, at the wedding of mutual friends, they were married in 1955. Pat and Jim bought a house on a â€˜walk-downâ€™ section of 5th Street in Manhattan Beach, and later had two boys, Jim and Mike. Patâ€™s life was filled with family, friends, the beach, USC Football, and teaching. The Garbett Family was, and still is, part of a group of close friends that gathered at the home of Sid & Ethel Pattison on 4th and Strand. The Pattisonâ€™s home was the center of all social activity (including the now infamous 'Strand Stomp' parties they threw) and most importantly was the portal to the beach that Pat so loved.
Pat taught at almost every primary school in Manhattan Beach over her 35 year career. She loved teaching, and taught a variety of grades levels. She also spent several years teaching children with learning disabilities as part of the Special Education program offered. Pat retired from teaching in 1984.
During her retirement years Pat traveled frequently with her husband Jim, and also had many a travel adventure with her close friend Phyllis Aitken.
She loved reading books and the newspaper, and eating Seeâ€™s Candy (always her favorite). With the arrival of her first grandchildren, Pat spent a lot of time in Sydney, Australia, where her second son Mike lived for ten years with his wife and twins, Lon & Ella. Very soon after, Patâ€™s first son Jim and his wife had a daughter, Morgan, and Pat now had three grandchildren to dote on.
Pat Garbett was a kind, very funny, loving and supportive friend, Mother, and wife. She will be missed by all who knew her. Her family, including husband Jim Garbett of Manhattan Beach, son Jim Jr and his wife Deborah and daughter Morgan of San Antonio, Texas, and son Mike and his wife Deb, and their son Lon and daughter Ella, now of Carlsbad, will miss her dearly.
A memorial service will be held at American Martyrs Church on this Saturday, December 17th, at 10am. The address of the Church is 624 Fifteenth Street,
Manhattan Beach CA 90266. Flowers may be forwarded to the Church prior to
the service. (She loved tripicals :-))
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