She was born to Lewis S. and Mabel A. (Templeman) Petersen on June 17, 1926, on a farm northeast of Royal. She was baptized in the Swedish Lutheran Church in the country near Royal, and confirmed in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Royal. She attended Lincoln and Riverton Township country schools and graduated early from Spencer High School in 1944.
She was married for three years to a wonderful soldier during the WW II years. Then she was married for 29 years to T/Sgt Harold E. Babbitt. They met and married in Omaha, Neb. and shared an adventurous life, traveling and working together. Garnet retired from civil service after 31 years.
Garnet has been an active member of Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church (northwest of Fremont). She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary for over 35 years and the 40 & 8 Auxiliary for more than 30 years. She was also a member of the Fleet Reserve for over 29 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; little sister, Fern Marilyn Petersen; sisters: Verle Prather and Violet Petersen; brother, Everitt Sherman; grandson, Jason M. Nelson; and son-in-law, David W. Nelson.
Surviving are daughters: Nola Nelson, of Terril, and friend, Willard Klingenberg, and Julie Babbitt of Tempe, Ariz.; son, Harold Babbitt, of Sydney, Australia; grandson, Clint Nelson and family, of Spencer; granddaughter, Kristi Kautzman of Terril; and great-grandsons: Thor Logan Kautzman and Lucas T. Nelson; sisters: Ruby F. Hahn and Leta M. Hahn, both of Nickerson; brother, Lewis H. Petersen and wife, Patricia of Worthington, Minn.; and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran Church, northwest of Fremont, Neb. There is no visitation at the mortuary. Visitation will be at the church Thursday morning beginning at 9 a.m. The committal will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Spencer at 4 p.m.
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