Margaret Anne Gardner

January 15, 1924 - October 27, 2009
Margaret Anne Gardner

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Margaret Anne P. Gardner of Hendersonville, NC, died Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Universal Health Care of Fletcher.

She was born in 1924 in Savannah, GA, to Mary Agnes Chapman and Clarence A. Pinckney. She grew up at The Point and attended school at Bluffton, SC. Anne met Richard W. Gardner of Westfield, MA, in 1942 while he was in the Army patrolling the coast of South Carolina. In January 1943, they were married at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City by Norman V. Peale.

Dick and Anne were married 65 years. Theirs was an enduring marriage tested by periodic separation while Dick was overseas in the Army, first WW II, Korea, and then Vietnam. She was a strong Army wife who ìheld down the fortî and wrote to him every day while he was away. She provided a loving home for their two girls and Dick to come home to.

Anne believed in being there for people. She was a hard worker, always up first and last to retire. She worked as a Gray Lady, a Volunteer for the Red Cross and was a constant correspondent to family and friends. She was a member of the DAR and loved doing genealogical research and sharing information with others. Anne and Dick attended many Elderhostel classes all over the country, adding to their many friends. They both loved to travel, going to New England to see family and visiting different parts of the United States.

Anne was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters, Margaret H. Gardner of Hendersonville and Maryjane Rhett (James) of Monte Vista, CO; grandchildren, Wheeler Ballard (Melody) of Hendersonville; Dr. Maryanne A. Rhett (Colin) of Long Branch, NJ; and Sarah E. Rhett of Broomfield, Co; and her brother, John Pinckney.

She is happy at last to be reunited with her beloved Richard who died two years ago.

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  • October 29, 2009
    Lynda Connor says:
    Holly, sorry to read about your Mom. I know she has been sick for a long time. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Please get in touch when you have time. Lynda

  • October 29, 2009
    Alton Connor says:
    Holly, So sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Alton

  • October 30, 2009
    Patricia Mintz says:
    We would like to extend our deepesr sympathy in the passing of both your mother and father. These were two of the world's finest people. We had the pleasure of knowing them through the Etowah Vol.Fire Dept. Your mother was a beautiful woman inside and out. I am sure they are happy to be reunited..God bless you. Patricia and Jerry Mintz

  • October 30, 2009
    Betty Strzykalski says:
    Dear Holly, May you and your family feel the Lord's comforting love surrounding you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Betty

  • October 30, 2009
    Barbara Hughes says:
    Dear Holly and family, May your fondest and dearest memories sustain you throughout this difficult time. Barbara Hughes