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Marla Tipton Gardner

November 9, 1948October 1, 2020
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Marla Tipton Gardner, age 71, formerly of Knoxville, passed away at home in Statesville, NC on Thursday, October 1, 2020. She was retired from the State Banking Commission of West Virginia. Marla will be remembered for her courage and determination as she survived breast cancer twice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brown Gardner and father, Clay Tipton, mother, Pearl Hickman and step-father, Richard Hickman. Marla is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda Anderson Malloy and Adam Malloy; step-daughters and son-in-law,Beth and Brian Hayes and Margaret Gardner; grandchildren, Hannah, Paige, Caitlin, Amy, Hudson, Kody, Ashlyn; brother, Frank Tipton; nephews, Stan Tipton, DC Tipton and Scott Tipton. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 2:00-3:00pm in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920 with a Celebration of Life Service to follow at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or the Humane Society Tennessee, 6717 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign the online guestbook at www.berryfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Barbara Sparks

October 22, 2020

Marla was a friend in high school. We graduated in the same 1966 class.

Barbara Underwood Sparks

Terry Hickman

October 22, 2020

So sad to hear of Marla's passing. Her family is and was tied closely with mine. Though I had not seen her in a few years. I will always have fond memories of her as a young girl living next door. Much love to the family.

Jack Cummings

October 4, 2020

Marla was a very fine woman. She had a wonderful family and a wonderful husband who loved her dearly. She was a good friend to me and my family. Our prayers are with you all. May God comfort you in your time of loss.

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