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Garnett M. Sahlberg

May 7, 1935 — December 24, 2023

Lee's Summit

Garnett May Sahlberg, 88, Lee’s Summit, was born May 7, 1935, in Independence, the daughter of Carrol N. and Nora (Bolling) Mann.  She departed this life Sunday, December 24, 2023, at the Wilshire at Lakewood Rehab Center.

Garnett attended Moreland School, a one room schoolhouse in Blue Springs; McCoy School on Pearl Street in Independence: and Fairview School, a one room schoolhouse in rural Independence; and was a 1955 Grain Valley High school graduate where she had been active in the Pep Club and the Girl’s Music Glee Club.

While growing up on the family farm she always preferred working with the livestock, including hand milking the cows in their small dairy.  She also enjoyed working with the chickens, ducks, and geese, occasionally making one of them a pet.

She married George Sahlberg of Burns, Oregon in 1959.  To this union two children, Carl Duane Sahlberg and Nancy Arlene Sahlberg were born.  They later divorced. 

While living in Burns she was an active member of a local rock club and loved exploring the countryside for Indian artifacts.  After her divorce she relocated to Holden, Missouri.  She later moved to Stanton, Texas, residing there from 1989 to 2004.  While in Stanton she was an active member of the Senior Citizen Organization and was very involved with their many activities including Game Days and Meals on Wheels.

Garnett moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri, in August 2004 and resided there until she went to live at Wilshire in February 2018.

Garnett was a lifelong and devoted member of the Community of Christ Church and was currently a member of the Pleasant Hill Congregation.  In years past she had been very active in the women’s department and held the position of Church School Director several times.  She was well read in the scriptures and even up until the end of her life, read her devotional and listened to hymns every morning after breakfast.   Wherever she lived she was always involved with the Senior Citizen groups.  She loved playing games, Bunco, and Bingo.  She had recently taken up adult coloring books and loved sharing her artwork with friends and family.  She was kind, caring, and had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew her.

Garnett was preceded in death by her parents; her children, Carl Sahlberg and Nancy Martin; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Lowell McKinney; brother-in-law, Wayne Church; one nephew Daniel Mann.

She is survived by three grandchildren, Michelle Cox, Lynn Curns, and Louis Martin; her siblings, Joseph (and Goldie) Mann of Kingsville, Donna Church and Lonnie Mann, both of Pleasant Hill; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Visitation and a memorial service was held Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church.  High Priest Rick Maupin and Roger McKinney officiated.  Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Community of Christ Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550

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