Alice Marsh Garrison

1924 - 2012

Alice Marsh Garrison, M.D., 87, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the Fulton Manor Care Center, Fulton, where she had been a resident for the last two years. She was born Friday, April 11, 1924, in Niagara Falls, N. Y., the daughter of Dr. William Judson and Rhoda Olive (Rea) Marsh. On October 5, 1957, she was united in marriage to William "Bill" Garrison in Kansas City. They made their home in Pleasant Hill. She 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 after hours 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 recalled always 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. She is survived by: her husband, Bill of Fulton; one son, Peter J. Garrison and his wife Estelle of Independence; one daughter, Sara M. Revelle and her husband Joe of Fulton; four grandchildren, Rachel Garrison of Lee's Summit, Phillip Garrison and his wife Brittany of Harrisonville, Andrew Revelle and his wife Rene of Columbia, and Elizabeth "Libby" Revelle of Fulton; and other relatives and friends. 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. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Pleasant Hill First Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Jeffreys, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080. Reverend's Sarah Ross & Reith Gewin did officiate. Music was rendered by Mrs. Mary Pat Meyer. Cremation was accorded following the service with interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date. The family did receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time 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. Online condolences may be sent to the family and the video tribute may be viewed at www.stanley-dickeyfuneral Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 (816) 540-5550