Marviana “Sis” Garrison McCarty

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, May 31, 2011

   Marviana “Sis” Garrison McCarty went to the Lord May 30, 2011, after battling ALS for about six months.

   Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday June 2, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Orangefield.  Officiating will be Brother Forrest Wood. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

   A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

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   She was born September 13, 1925, to Hugh Garrison and Agnes Richard Garrison in Orangefield, TX. She attended Orangefield schools and graduated from Orangefield High School in 1942. She moved to Houston where she met her first husband, Dan Ryder, Sr. They moved to Port Neches in 1954 and Dan, Sr. died in 1960. While learning how to square dance, she met the quintessential cowboy, Thomas B. McCarty.  They married in 1962 and moved back to Sis’s hometown of Orangefield. There she worked for Paul Cormier at Cormier Well Service as a clerk, secretary and bookkeeper for over forty years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Orangefield.  Sis enjoyed working in the yard tending her flowers and mowing grass. She loved to shop, especially with her late sister-in-law, Dorothy Garrison. They knew all the good deals at Sam’s.

   Sis was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dan Ryder Sr. and Tom McCarty and sister, Jeanette Garrison Snelson. There was a special place in Sis’s heart for her dog, Heidi, who also preceded her in death.

   She is survived by her sons, Brian Ryder and wife, Kerry of Tomball and Dan Ryder, Jr. and wife, Sue of Orange; sister, Susie Phillips of Sulphur, LA and brothers, Mike Garrison of Mauriceville and C.E. “Butch” Garrison and wife, Del of Hemphill. She has four granddaughters, Kate Kalstein and husband, Jon of Denver, CO, Megan Gerald and husband, Brandon of Texas City, Kristy Ryder of Trinity and Bekah Ryder of Tomball; one great grandson, Parker Kalstein of Denver, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.

   The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301 or to First Baptist Church of Orangefield, P.O. Box 288, Orangefield, TX 77639.