Melissa Jean Garrett “Lisa”, 58, of Colchester, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Hartford Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. Born on May 27, 1960 in Sharon, CT, daughter of Albert Garrett and the late Betty Louise Branche Garrett. Melissa grew up in Colchester and graduated from Bacon Academy. While in High School, she was the competitive French language Scrabble Champion. Lisa went on to earn a BA in Graphic Design. For over fifteen years, she was a graphic designer for Stanley Tools. She later earned an Associates Degree in Human Services and most recently worked for Inter Community Health as an Employment Specialist finding work for people with mental illness, criminal history or other difficulties. Lisa was a proud mother to her son, Marcus. She was involved in many aspects of his life growing up but most notably, she coached youth soccer. In her spare time, Lisa enjoyed hiking, and going to the beach. She will be remembered as a person who touched many lives in a widely diverse range of humanity. She was kind, and generous, giving of herself to others. She will be sadly missed, but remembered with love by her son, Marcus Spinner of New Haven, her father, Albert and his wife, Willess of Marlborough; her former companion, Billy Spinner of Baton Rouge, LA; siblings, Albert and wife Merry Garrett, Jr. of Tolland, and their daughter Daisy Anna Garrett, Yvette and husband, Brien Gregoire of Hebron, Cheryl and husband Richard Cummings of Soldotna, AK; aunt Jean and uncle Norman Buzzy Garrett of E. Hartford; a close friend, Richard Carpenter of MA; and numerous extended family and friends. In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Garrett.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 14th from 1:30 – 3 pm at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester. A memorial service and celebration of life will follow at 3 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private.