Susie Garrett

December 29, 1929 – May 24, 2002

Susie Garrett was an actress and singer who grew up singing in jazz clubs in Detroit. In addition to singing, she enjoyed acting and appeared in a number of plays. By the 1980’s Susie’s younger sister, Marla Gibbs, had forged a career in television and was co-starring on the hit CBS sitcom, The Jeffersons. Garrett made a couple of walk-on appearances on the show and, in 1984, was offered a featured role on the new NBC show Punky Brewster.

For all four seasons of the show’s run, Garrett portrayed Betty Johnson, the grandmother of one of Punky’s friends. Following the end of Punky Brewster, Garrett once again joined Marla with occasional appearances on Gibbs’ new show, 227. Garrett and Gibbs founded the Crossroads Theatre Academy of Arts in Los Angeles in 1981. Susie Garrett died in 2002 after a brief battle with cancer.


Woodlawn Cemetery – Detroit, MI

Specific Location

Section 29 – Look for the black bench with the name DENNIS on it. Susie is buried 3 rows behind it and a few spaces to the west. The birth year on her marker is incorrect.


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