December 29, 1944 - March 12, 2020
Evenly Marie Smith, was born on December 29, 1944, in Greenville, Mississippi to the late Percy, Sr., and Alice (Mullen) Garrett. The family later migrated to Saginaw, Michigan, where Evelyn attended Saginaw High School where she was a track star. Evelyn's late father Percy, Sr., would often line up Evelyn, Barbara, and Lynette in the middle of 10th street for a Garrett track-meet. Evelyn worked at a blind manufacturing plant until the early 1980s. She also spent time volunteering at the local neighborhood house in the Soup Kitchen, Sewing Room, and Craft Class. She later decided to go back to school to obtain her Medical Assistant Certificate which jump-started her career at Saginaw Geriatric Nursing home in 1986 until she moved to Taylor, Michigan to marry Virgil Smith in 1994. Evelyn was known to her family as the Black Martha Stewart. She could make just about anything look good. She had a sharp decorative eye and really could make the ugliest thing look good. Her daughter, Gabby, recalls a time when her mom made her some hot-pants and halter top out of a pair of Shelton's checker pants. Evelyn also loved to grow things. She could be seen early in the morning or early evenings tending to snow on the mountains and her patch of grass at 147 Parkside Court, where everyone in the neighborhood knew they better not walk across her grass. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Percy, Sr. and Alice Garrett; brothers, Percy Jr., Freddie, Belford, Gregory, and Charles Garret and sisters, Doris Black and Cathy Rogers. Evelyn leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Virgil (Pete) Smith, of Taylor, Michigan; four children, Shelton Garrett of Petoskey, Michigan, Roslyn Burton (Kevin) of Saginaw, Michigan, Gabrielle Prescott of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and Byron Bryd, Sr., of Toledo, Ohin; a special adopted daughter, Marilyn Coleman and adopted son, Kevin Owens both of Saginaw, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Anthony Wiley, Brianna Brown, Byron Byrd, Jr., Kevin Burton, Jr., Justin Burton, Jordan Burton, and Gina Garrett; six great-grandchildren and special adopted granddaughter, Candice Colemen; three sisters, Barbara White (Calvin) Lynette Ford (Ralph) and Carol Fenn (David); sisters-in-law, Jeanlean and Evelyn Garrett and many other nephews, nieces, family, and friends.
Evenly Marie Smith, was born on December 29, 1944, in Greenville, Mississippi to the late Percy, Sr., and Alice (Mullen) Garrett. The family later migrated to Saginaw, Michigan, where Evelyn attended Saginaw High School where she was a track... View Obituary & Service Information
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