Maryjane E. Gardner

April 26, 1951November 23, 2018

Maryjane Elsie Gardner, of Waterford CT, passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London after a courageous struggle with congestive heart failure.

She was born April 26, 1951 in New London to Joseph Edward Francis and Elsie Alexandra (Shabunia) Francis.

Maryjane graduated East Lyme High in 1970 and went to work at Two Guys department store as a cashier and later in the jewelry department.

In 1972 she married her high school sweetheart George L. Gardner and they set off on a 46 year journey of life and love. She is also survived by her daughter, Lynn, of whom she was super proud of in every way and loved dearly.

She was a skilled craftsperson dabbling in ceramics, tole painting, and became a very good quilter. A modest and unassuming woman, she once casually entered quilted items at a fair and won multiple ribbons. Appalled at the idea she may have hurt the feelings of local contributors, she never again entered a judged contest.

A skilled cook, she enjoyed hosting noisy holiday family gatherings and produced trays of delectable cookies, endless jars of jams, and lovely pies.

In addition to her husband and daughter she is survived by James Antill, Lynn's husband, sister Marilyn Burleson of New London, sister Diana MacDonald and her husband William, two nephews George and Lee Burleson of New London, and niece Jennifer MacDonald of New London.

In lieu of flowers contributions to the American Heart Association,, or the National Diabetes Association,

Family and friends may call on Wednesday December 5, 2018 from 4-7 PM at the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home 13 Lake Ave. Niantic, CT 06357. Burial will be private.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Maryjane E. Gardner

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Maggie Currie

December 4, 2018

Dear George & Lynn,
So sorry for your loss, Maryjane was a good friend back in the Two Guys days, we had many lunch breaks together while working the front end registers. She was very proud of her handsome husband who had built a beautiful home. A few of us came to visit before Lynn was born & surprised Maryjane one night after work with an impromptu baby shower (George was in on it), recall we all had an enjoyable evening. Babies & life happen, sorry to have drifted apart.
Hugs, Maggie

Heather Torre

December 2, 2018

Dear Lynn & James,

I'm so sorry about your mother's passing. I know how difficult it is when you are prepared for it, so this must be so hard for you both. My condolences.

Heather Torre

Pat McGrath

December 2, 2018

Dear Lynn:
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. It's never easy to lose your mother, after all she was the very first person to love you. Although I never met your mother I know she was a wonderful person because she raised such a wonderful daughter.
I often remember fondly those days you were kind enough to let me share your room at Cedar Crest.
I hope that loving memories of your Mom sustain you in the days ahead.
With heartfelt condolences.
Pat McGrath