Alumna Frances Garver Asset to Middletown

Ms. Frances Elaine Garver ‘68 (EHS)

Middletown, OH

For 47 years, since she graduated from Miami University in 1968 with a degree with special education, Elaine Garver has played an integral role in the Middletown business community and nonprofit organizations. Her fingerprints, and more importantly, her passion for people, can be detected throughout Butler County. She has taught preschool, served as patient representative at Middletown Regional Hospital, and development director at Abilities First, Hospice Care of Middletown and Middletown Community Foundation. Now it’s time for her to say good-bye. Our loss will be a victory for her family — husband (Donald), three daughters (Jody, Jenny and Janna) and four grandchildren — and those non-profit agencies that so desperately count on volunteers like Garver. She is set to retire from the Middletown Community Foundation at the end of the year, then plans to spend more time with her family, help with the family’s farming business in Monroe and continue planting seeds to assure young children grow up to be effective readers. In retirement, Garver, 69, will continue working with the MCF’s “Ready! The Campaign for Our Kids’ Future;” a high school program for female students called “Dream It, Be It;” and improving elementary literacy in the Monroe district. Teachers can’t retire, can’t turn their backs on children. As Garver sat in her office, she said: “I love what I do, working with people in the community. We gotta make a big difference in the community. Give kids a chance.”

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