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Alice Marsh Garrison, M.D., 87, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Friday, April 11, 1924 in Niagara Falls, New York, the daughter of Dr. William Judson and Rhoda Olive (Rea) Marsh. She departed this life at 5:39 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Fulton Manor Care Center, Fulton, Missouri, where she had been a resident for the last two years.
On October 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to William "Bill" Garrison in Kansas City, Missouri. They made their home in Pleasant Hill.
Alice was a Pediatrician who practiced and taught at the University of Kansas Medical Center for over 40 years. In addition to her practice, she performed research that resulted in the addition of iron to Similac formula. She was key in developing several programs in the Kansas City area for medically underserved children, ranging from an inner city daycare, a high school for teenage mothers to complete their education, and a clinic with afterhours care in a high risk medically underserved neighborhood. All of these projects occurred almost 40 years prior to being the well accepted concepts that they are today. She operated the Well Baby Clinics for the Cass County Health Department for many years. She always recalled that her greatest professional accomplishment was giving the first available polio vaccine in the Kansas City Schools, helping play a part in eliminating this devastating disease. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church where she had served on numerous committees and was a past board member of the Pleasant Hill United Way. Her passion for keeping others healthy and happy extended well into the Pleasant Hill community.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers Dr. Paul B. Marsh, PhD, and Dr. John L. Marsh, PhD, and one sister Ruth M. VanHooft.
She is survived by her husband Bill of Fulton; one son Peter J. Garrison and his wife Estelle of Independence, Missouri; one daughter Sara M. Revelle and her husband Joe of Fulton, Missouri; four grandchildren Rachel Garrison of Lee's Summit, Missouri, Phillip Garrison and his wife Brittany of Harrisonville, Missouri, Andrew Revelle and his wife Rene of Columbia, Missouri, and Elizabeth "Libby" Revelle of Fulton, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church. Reverend's Sarah Ross & Reith Gewin officiated. Music was rendered by Mrs. Mary Pat Meyer.
Cremation has been accorded; inurnment will be held in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill United Way or the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.