Artie Gardner

Obituary of Artie Gardner

Artie Mae Sutton Gardner passed away from this life to the next on May 15, 2017.

Born June 21, 1925 in Lamesa, Texas as a poor cotton share-cropper’s daughter, Artie learned early in life how to work and make do with what she had. Her family moved to Live Oak, California in 1939. Although she was the sixth of seven children, Artie quickly became the family chauffeur at 11-years-old and drove the family car to school the first day of class in 5th grade, causing a stir. During WWII while she was still in high school, Artie met Vere Gardner who she liked right away. Artie was concerned about his life, because he was still on active duty in the US Navy. She and Vere were eventually married on July 15, 1945, and are just two months shy of celebrating their 72nd Anniversary.

She is survived by her husband, Vere; four of their children: Sharon Miller (Lin), Jeanine Young (Richard), Brad Gardner (Penny) and Peggy Bullock (Tim); 20 grandchildren and 62 great-grandchildren. Their second daughter, Diane, died as an infant.

Artie loved her family, dancing, quilting, learning, gardening, DIY projects and teaching other 4-H women to cook and be self-sufficient. It is with love and rejoicing that we will celebrate the life of this generous daughter of God.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Liberty Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1259 French Avenue, Gridley.