Monday, December 21, 2015
Motivation Monday: Together Forever
.........and it has been 20 days since my last post.... I thought I was ready but I wasn't once I started to write.
Now I am ready to talk about this sad news........my mother, Mary Jane (Little) Gardner, passed away August 7, 2015. I am still today mourning her passing.
On the other hand I am also celebrating her life. Now she is back with her husband, she is happy and out of pain, she now has her vision back and can walk upright without fear of falling. This all makes me happy but sad because her physical body is gone. I can no longer ask questions, no longer ask for advise, no longer share the good news and the sad news. But life has to go on, and I am sure the hurt will turn more into good memories in time. They say time heals.
My father, John Patterson Gardner Jr., passed and was cremated in 2006. He has been living, so to speak, in the hall closet of my mothers home for 6 years, patiently waiting for his beloved wife and lover to join him. He lived on top of my refrigerator for another couple of years. But now the wait is over, they are together and it is forever..............
August 23, 2015
Local Section, page 6B
GARDNER, MARY JANE (LITTLE)
Mary Jane, 95, of Citrus Heights, California passed away on August 7, 2015 at the Citrus Heights Terrace, Citrus Heights, California where she has been living the past 3 1/2 years.
Mary Jane was born May 11, 1920 in Cuba, Allegany Co., New York. She is the daughter of Burton Harry and Emma May (Bristol) Little of Cuba, Allegany Co., New York. She was a long time resident of Roseville, Placer County, California and currently of Citrus Heights, Sacramento Co., California.
Married to John Patterson Gardner Jr. April 9, 1943 at Ft. Geo.G Meads, Maryland just before each of them received their overseas orders for World War II. ... she has been a California resident since 1957. She has lived in New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas & Germany. In 1957 they moved to California, first to Daly City, then San Carlos, Cameron Park, Roseville and last to Citrus Heights.
Mrs Gardner is a 1938 graduate of Dryden High School, Dryden, New York and 1941 graduate of Buffalo General Hospital Nursing Program, Buffalo, New York. She served with the 23rd General Hospital European Theater in the Army Nurses Corps during WWII (1942-1945) in Africa, France and Italy. Honorably discharged and returned to Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio to begin her married life. She retired in 1969 from Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California after 10 years as Assistant Nursing Supervisor. She continues to maintain her membership in the California Nurses Association & New York Nursing Association.
She is a supporter of the Women's Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. Mrs Gardner loved her family, gardening, cooking, reading and soap operas. She has an extensive collection of hummingbirds in glass, ceramic, wood and paintings. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a good friend to many. Her family and friends will miss her.
Survived by her daughter Sandra Lee (Gardner-Aberle) Benward (Charles) of Citrus Heights, California; a son Robert Michael Gardner (Nancie) of Castro Valley, California; two grandsons, Michael John Aberle of Lodi, California; and Jason Gardner Aberle (Krisi) of Citrus Heights, CA. Three great grandchildren: Ashlyn Maykala Aberle and Aden Jackson Aberle of Lodi, California, and Josh Allen Nichell.
Preceded in death (Feb 7, 2006) was her loving husband, John Patterson Gardner, Jr.
The family requests that any remembrances be made to the American Cancer Society. Now Mary Jane and John will both be laid to rest in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California.
Posted by Sandra Gardner Benward at 5:27 PM