Mary L. Gardner

August 24, 1923October 5, 2020

Mary L Gardner, 97, of Ossian, passed away on October 5, 2020. Born on August 24, 1923, in Eldorado, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Grover and Fannie Armstrong.

Mary was a warm hearted woman with a giving soul. She would give as much as she could to help someone in need. If you ever happen to stop by for a visit, she didn’t hesitate to whip up a good meal, and spend quality time together. Mary told extraordinary stories that made you feel as if you were there. Poor Mary was the comedian of the family, constantly cracking jokes, and providing amusing memories to cherish. She was always up for a good game of Yahtzee or Scrabble, with a cup of coffee. Mary was best known as Granny, a treasured title, earned by three generations, of grand, great-grand, and great-great-grandchildren. Granny will be dearly missed, but she’ll live on in our hearts, and unforgettable memories.

She is survived by her son, Edward Gardner; brother, Donald Armstrong; grandchildren, Mike Gardner, Brian (Jill) Gardner, Lawrence Mascho, and Casey Gardner; great-grandchildren, Jessica (Justin) Graves, Aaron (Megan) Gardner, Justin Gardner, Harlee (Anthony) Crossgrove, and Travis Gardner; and great-great-grandchildren, Lucas Graves, Eli Gardner, and Cora Crossgrove. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Foster; brothers; Andrew, Joseph, Cecil, Herbert, James, Richard, David, and Ronald Armstrong; sisters, Emily Smiddy, Georgia Sams, and Ruth Hargis; grandsons, Edward Gardner II, and Steven Mascho; and granddaughter, Kimberly Gardner.

Funeral service will be 1:30pm, Monday, October 12, 2020, at C.M. Sloan and Sons Funeral Home, 1327 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to the family.


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April Gardner

October 11, 2020

May the beautiful memories and the crazy laughter of our loving Granny, stay in our hearts forever!♡

Victoria Stowe

October 10, 2020

Sending my Sincere Condolences to the family and friends.. with my love and prayers of comfort as you go through this difficult time... May the Lord Bless you and keep you all in His care!
Mary was the life of the party, her comedic side was hilarious at times, and I remember laughing so hard until I'd start crying happy tears...but there was also a gentleness about her too!
I know I haven't seen Mary for probably 40 yrs give or take, but late last night I was going through my bags of papers that I have been putting off.. one bag was a bunch of cards, I happened to see this small card and thought it was from my dad.. then I said, no it must be from my grandma, Nope.. I took my magnifying glass and seen it was a Thank you card from Mary! I was so glad to read it again and then I felt the Holy Spirit lead me to search the newspaper and low and behold I seen that she passed last Monday on the 5th..
Oh the times we had..such wonderful memories I will always cherish.. My mom Sharon, and I would go next door to Helen's when Mary was over for the weekend and we'd all play either Uno or Yahtzee. Helen would offer us a big glass of ice tea which was refreshing, but Mary couldn't wait to finish her tea so she could get Helen to make a fresh pot of coffee.. and this was as late at 10 pm.. As soon as Helen got up from her chair, Mary's eyes lit up like a 60 watt bulb!. I remember one time Mary was helping Helen with ironing her drapes after Helen had cleaned them.. well.. Mary was there at the ironing board just ironing away when she moved the curtain to iron the next part and what did she grab thinking it was Starch??? Poor Mary..she grabbed the "furniture polish" instead!! HA, We all laughed about that for many years..
Take Care and God Bless..
Love to All,
Vicki, Angel and Tristan Stowe
Sharon Smola
ps. Mike, if you see this, please send me an email letting me know how ya'll are doing ;)

Norma Armstrong

October 8, 2020

Hello, Miss Mary, (she gives a little chuckle when I call her that), ah, I know you are having the time of your life reaping all the rewards you so richly deserve and I am so happy for you. I have missed our long talks when you were no longer able to hear on the phone. Now I am getting there too. I was so glad to see the wonderful times you had with Jessica and her beauty treatments along with the fun antics you had with Lucus and the rest of your family. Miss Mary, you have endeared yourself to many by just being you, you will be missed. I pray the comfort of God's promises be with family, loved ones and friends. Love you.....

Sally Mowell

October 8, 2020

Aunt Mary & I were close when I was growing up. She was so much fun to be around & I love her dearly. My 2 boys fell in love with her too. They loved the stories that she would tell & all the funny things she would do. Her facial expressions were priceless! We love you Aunt Mary & you will be greatly missed! Give my Mom a hug for me when you see her in heaven!