Sidney Ashton Garrett 1946 - 2011 Lawrence
Memorial services for Sidney Ashton Garrett, 65, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Private burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Garrett died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at her home.
She was born July 12, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Scott C. Ashton and Nancy Newlin Ashton.
She graduated in 1968 from Kansas University, where she served as treasurer of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She also did graduate work at Kansas University and the University of Houston. She remained an active supporter of KU, KU sports and Pi Beta Phi, including membership in the University’s National Alumni Board of Directors and its Chancellor’s Club.
She was president and chief executive officer of Brown Cargo Van Inc., a prominent manufacturing entity in Lawrence, for two decades until her retirement in 2007. During her tenure, the company developed innovative specialty and custom vehicles. She was also a certified public accountant. In 2005, she was honored by Baker University as Business Person of the Year.
She served as vice chair and secretary of the board of trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital and as a member of the finance committee of its Endowment Association; treasurer of the board of directors of the Kansas Land Trust; a member of the board of directors of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence Community Health Plan, Douglas County Development Inc., Lawrence Arts Center and Commerce Bank of Lawrence; and as president and treasurer of the Lawrence Country Club.
After her retirement she enjoyed living part of the year in Wickenburg, Ariz., where she had attended high school. In Wickenburg, she served as treasurer of the board of directors of Los Caballeros Golf Club.
Her professional memberships included the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, National Truck Equipment Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Lawrence Rotary Club.
Mrs. Garrett was a participant in all manner of sports from rodeo horseback riding to her greatest love, golf. She won countless amateur golf tournaments. She repeated as Lawrence Country Club Ladies’ Champion and was the Kansas Women’s Golf Association’s State Senior Champion in 2004 and 2010. Most recently she was the Los Caballeros Club Champion and had been looking forward to defending her 2010 Kansas Women’s Golf Association “Tee for Two” title. She shot her lowest lifetime score, a 74, just three months before her death.
Mrs. Garrett cared for her mother in her later years. Both parents preceded her in death.
Survivors include a sister, Judith Ashton, Boston; two brothers, Donald B. Ashton and wife Annie, Austin, Texas, and Stewart H. Ashton and wife Genevieve, Paris; two nephews, Ian Scott Ashton and Jean Ashton; and three nieces, Elisabeth, Zoe and Sophie Ashton.
The family suggests contributions to Kansas University Endowment Association, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association, Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Ariz., or to a charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.