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1934 Mary Lou Garlock 2023

Mary Lou Garlock

February 11, 1934 — November 20, 2023


Mary Lou (Gardner) Garlock went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 20, 2023. She was born in Washington, DC, February 11, 1934.

She was preceded in death by parents Frank and Beatrice Gardner, brother Frank Gardner, Jr. (Adelaide), son Don Garlock Jr., and daughter-in-law Randi Garlock.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Donald A. Garlock, Sr., children Steve (Reba), Mary Lynn Poe (Doug) and Sherri Ann Bennett (Ken), 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and brother Bill Gardner (Anita).

Mary Lou graduated from Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA, earned a BS in Education from Bob Jones University, and an MA in Education from Azusa Pacific University. She taught in elementary school for 7 years and in universities for 35 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to John and Rebecca Fulks, missionaries in Kenya. Two ways to give:
1. Go to, click "give," search
2. Check written to Global Outreach, P.O. Box 1,
Tupelo, MS 38802. Account # 1033

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, visit

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