Barbara J. Garrett, 77, of Gothenburg died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in Gothenburg. She was born May 28, 1940 in Gering, daughter of Alexander and Pauline (Zechman) Dietrich.

Barbara Garrett

The Dietrich family would eventually move to Alliance where Barbara attended and in 1958, graduated from Alliance High School.

She would go on to attend Chadron State College for a year before marrying Larry Garrett on Aug. 7, 1960 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alliance.

Barbara and Larry moved to Memphis, Tenn. where Larry attended optometry school and Barbara worked at a Memphis bank as a personal bookkeeper for the bank president.

In the spring of 1965 Larry graduated from optometry school and they moved to Gothenburg, where they established an optometric practice in September of 1965.

Through the years, Barbara had been active in many activities in and around the community. In addition to working as Larry’s office manager and maintaining his records, she was also involved in Jaycees, sang in the Community Christmas Cantata, and for many years, she sang in the North Platte Chapter of the Sweet Adeline’s.

She was a member of the Red Hats and was very active in the Two-Ten extension club. She very much enjoyed being involved in the Mary-Martha Circle and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Lisa (Jon) Seimer of Gothenburg; grandchildren, Alex and Abby Meyer; three step grandchildren; brothers, Marvin and Willard (Karen) Dietrich, sister, Lillian Barker-Hannon, and other family.

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Larry in 2016, parents; brothers, Alex (Shirley) and Kenneth; sister, Alma (Jack) Runge, sister-in-law, Betty Dietrich; brother-in-laws, Dennis (Julie) Garrett.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gothenburg on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jeff Cottingham officiating. Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery. Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Trinity Lutheran Church, American Heart Association, or Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department. To sign the online guest book, go to