Gladys Gardner
1919 ~ 2013
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Gladys Hancock Gardner, age 93, passed away at home peacefully with family present on May 17, 2013. She was born in Sebree, Ky., on July 31, 1919, the oldest child of Cecil and Florence (Powell) Hancock. She grew up in West Frankfort, Ill., where her father was a school principal and Boy Scout leader. Gladys grew up as a Boy Scout, traveling with her father and the troop to camp in lots of national parks all over the U.S. in the 1930s. Both sides of the family were fascinated by genealogy and Gladys became a fifth-generation genealogist.

On April 12, 1942, she married Orville Kenneth Gardner in Washington, D.C. As an Army wife she lived in many states plus Okinawa. Each of her three children were born in different states (Suzie – Okla., Kenn – Texas, Barb – N.M.). In 1958, they were transferred from Massachusetts to Colorado Springs, where they lived for 40 years – Army Signal Corps service, civil service and retirement. In 1998, they moved to Moab to be close to their daughter, Suzie (Tom) Stengel, and her youngest grandchildren, Becky and Jamie Stengel.

Gladys loved history and traveling (Japan, Europe, Turkey, Russia, Israel, Australia, and riding a camel in Egypt). She was rich in age, in character and in heart. Her memory and friendliness are legendary. At age 93 she still remembered names and dates of her families many generations ago. Meeting people anywhere she would ask where they are from, how many children, how they met their spouse, what their interests are, etc. – and remembered that info. She inspired many people to investigate their own genealogy. She also loved playing Scrabble and won many games. She was very supportive of education and loved being a volunteer tutoring first-graders.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Vera Harper; and brother, Jim Hancock.

She is survived by a sister, Sue (Bill) Norovich; brother, Jerry (Astrid) Hancock; daughter, Suzie (Tom) Stengel; son, Kenn Corwin (Trina) Gardner; daughter, Barbara Gardner; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was very proud and supportive of all her family, and everyone wildly loved her.

Gladys will be cremated. There will be a memorial service at St. Francis Episcopal Church on May 25 at 11a.m. Her ashes will be buried later at Chapel of Our Saviour in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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