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A funeral service for Patricia McSwain Garner, age 58, of Rusk, is scheduled at 10 o'clock in the morning Friday, October 28, 2016 at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Don Copeland officiating. She will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park.
Mrs. Garner passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 in Rusk. Patricia was born August 30, 1958 in Jacksonville.
Patricia adored spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed painting, gardening her flowers and loved to cook. Patricia was a nurse in Jacksonville, for over 30 years. She was employed by CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Jacksonville in January 2008 as the RN / Case Manager for the hospital. Six months later, she was promoted to the role of Team Leader of the Inpatient Unit. In August 2015, Patricia was promoted to Clinical Director. She was a wonderful and compassionate nurse to thousands of patients during her nursing career. She cared deeply for her patients and for her co-workers. Patricia was a mentor to so many new nurses, and was so proud of them when they excelled and made strides in their careers. Everyone that worked with Patricia over the years admired her work ethic and kindness, and the way she so freely shared her gifts with everyone she encountered. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Amelia (Holder) McSwain.
Left to cherish her memory is her sons, Anthony Garner and wife Cristal of Rusk, Lee Garner of Rusk; brother, William Bailey McSwain of Tennessee; sister, Margaret Blackford of California. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Rylie Jo Garner and Ayden James Garner; and a niece, Anna Blackford.
Visitation will begin on Friday morning and friends are cordially invited to visit with the Patricia's from 8 a.m. until service time.
Published on October 26, 2016
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