Betty Gardner

November 6, 1929December 25, 2012

Betty “Betsy” Butler Gardner, age 83, passed away on December 25, 2012 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lorene Butler of New Hope, AL. She is survived by her brother, Charles (Susie) Butler of Athens, AL., sister, Deane (Ted) Garner of Hilton Head, SC and best friend, Juanita Shaver of Nashville, TN. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Betty attended Athens College in Athens, AL, Peabody College and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She began her teaching career in Ardmore, Al and the Williamson County Schools. She taught business education for 25 years at Cohn High School, finishing her career at John Overton High School in Nashville, TN. Betty loved her students and has continued to maintain friendships with many over the years. She retired in 1987 and began to enjoy gardening, golf, hiking and motorhome travel. She hiked many trails throughout the United States, including Alaska. Betty loved hiking because she felt closer to her God when in the midst of nature. She was a faithful member of Crieve Hall Church of Christ. Active pallbearers will be Chris Anderson, Nick Anderson, Justin Anderson, Ted Garner, Eddie Garner, and David Owen. A visitation with family and friends will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from nine-thirty until eleven-thirty in the morning. A funeral ceremony to remember her wonderful life will be conducted at eleven-thirty in the Dignity Hall of Woodlawn Roesch Patton Funeral Home. A graveside ceremony will be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon at Hayden Cemetery in New Hope Alabama. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville, Alive Hospice 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN, or to the Nashville, Alzheimer’s Association 4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220


  • Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Rhonda Fleming-Reed

July 3, 2013

I was so sad to find out Ms. Gardner had passed. We got to honor her a few years ago at our Class Reunion. I have some wonderful pictures. She was so surprised! She told me I always knew you were the one who would find me (of her students) She told me she still had the book ends on her shelf I had given her in high school. I am so sad that life did not allow me to spend time with her in the last few years. When I first met her I was terrified of her. She demanded the best from us. She would not let us slack and accept anything less! She was my mentor and so many others. There is no person in my life that influenced me more in every way than her. Today I am a very successful business owner and I owe it all to her. We loved this woman so much and she gave all she had to her students! I will always cherish the night we honored her, she had the time of her life. Today I was thinking of her and went on facebook to see if by chance she was on there, that is when I saw her obit. I am crying as I write this, the greatest woman I have ever known has gone on to Heaven. What a blessing she was to so many! She will be truly missed!

Sandra Lane

February 2, 2013

Ms. Gardner was one of my very favorite teachers at Cohn. I took her typing class and if not for her I would not have passed many typing tests for a job. I remember her so well and was just thinking about her the other day and then saw where she had passed away. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. A wonderful person; more than a teacher. She always made you feel like you could do anything if you believed in yourself. I'm sure she's in charge of the Business class in Heaven. God Bless You Ms. Gardner.

Beverley Morris Murphy

January 15, 2013

I just heard Ms Gardner had passed away. A group of Cohn alumni were talking about favorite, memorable teachers and her name came rose to the top. She was my typing/shorthand teacher at Cohn 65-66. I deeply valued her not only as a teacher, but as a woman and a trusting, caring friend. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She had such a zest for life. She definitely left a large imprint on the hearts of so many students. She will be remembered fondly and lovingly for a very long time.

Lisa Lawson Sanborn

January 2, 2013

My Dearest Aunt Betsy... I treasure every memory I have of you. You were sweet, caring, kind and generous. We grieve for the emptiness left behind without you in our world, but we rejoice in the thought that you are in a better and more wonderful place. We will see you again one day...

Bonnie Holt

December 31, 2012

Ms Gardner was a lovely person. She was my typing and shorthand teacher at Cohn High School. We was so much fun and one of my favorites.

Linda RittenberryThomas

December 29, 2012

Best teacher ever. I think about her often. She told me you could do anything you wanted to do and I have never forgot that and have always told my kids that. It is true.

Diana Pursley Hargrove

December 28, 2012

My teacher, my friend. I could ask or tell her anything. My heart aches for this huge loss.She always made me, and everyone, feel so important to her. I will miss her so very, very much. Juanita, my heart hurts for you.

Leslie Halfacre

December 28, 2012

Ms. Gardner was my favorite teacher. My senior yr. was a very difficult time in my life due to family situations & other losses. Though I never told her-- I think she must have sensed it. She cared about me & helped me get my first job @ Nat'l Life Insurance when I graduated when I was 17. I had her for shorthand & typing. I still remember all the shorthand-- tho' it's not used anymore. She was a great teacher-expected a lot from her students & she impacted my life. I went back to see her yrs. after I had graduated & told her how much I appreciated her being there for me.

Alice Keel

December 28, 2012

As a new bride, Cousin Betsy made me feel welcome to the family. I always looked forward to seeing her at family get togethers.I am satisfied she is at peace in the Lord.

December 27, 2012

Ms. Gardner was a wonderful person, I had her a teacher and knew her as a friend. You will be missed. Sheila Ray