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Nancy Jo Garred

August 13, 1937 ~ January 30, 2015 (age 77)

Nancy Jo (Bailey) Garred passed away on January 30 2015 due to cancer. She will be remembered for quiet kindness and strength, plus a delightful nonconformist streak. Born August 13, 1937 to Jo (Goddard) and Harold C. 'Mike' Bailey, Nancy grew up in Silver Lake and Richmond Beach north of Seattle. She was captivated by her childhood exposure to Arabian horses, through local breeder Phyllis Ramsey. She graduated from Lincoln High School, and the Washington State University College of Pharmacy.

In 1961, Nancy accepted a job at Davies Drug in The Dalles, Oregon, where she met and married fellow pharmacist Max F. Garred Jr. The couple moved in the late 1960s to Tumwater, Washington where they owned and managed Southgate Rexall Drug for over 20 years. They explored the outdoors together, planning camping escapes whenever possible. Nancy never lost her fondness for horses, so when pre-teen daughter Michelle longed for a pony, Nancy was happy to oblige. She owned horses for the next 35 years, excelling as a wise 'horse show mom,' and developing a passion for trail riding.

After Max's death in 1996, Nancy continued to manage their mini-farm until 2013, when she moved to a Tumwater apartment. Her later years were packed with service to Olympia groups such as Capitol Riders, Horse Power! therapeutic riding program, and the PAWS Wildlife Center. Nancy also took advantage of retirement to travel to Hawaii, Ireland, Singapore and Cambodia. She spent her final two months on Vashon Island, just outside Seattle, near to her daughter Michelle Garred and son-in-law Brent Thompson.

Nancy is additionally survived by her brother and sister-in-law Forrest and Cherryl Bailey, grandchildren Paige and Grant Thompson, devoted friends including Marilyn, Ann, Gracie, Mary Beth, Bonnie, and many more, a cluster of supportive nieces and nephews, a horse named Katherine and a cat called Zorrie. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Vashon Community Care Foundation or Providence Hospice of Seattle.

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday February 21 at noon at Edline-Yawn & Covington Funeral Chapel in Kent; all participants are welcome to bring copies of photos for posting on a shared 'memory wall.' Please also visit the online guestbook at

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