Sylvia "Cookie" Thomson Gardner

September 28, 1941October 2, 2020

Sylvia "Cookie" Thomson Gardner of Temple Terrace, aged 79, peacefully passed away on October 2, 2020. She was born in Tampa, Florida to William and Rose Thomson, the second of three daughters. In 1959 she graduated from Hillsborough High School. She was married to her husband Stuart Gardner for 42 years and together they had two children. Cookie and Stuart became parishioners at Corpus Christi Catholic Church after moving to Temple Terrace in 1973. Her favorite hobbies included reading, going to the beach and taking care of her cats. Cookie was employed at the University of South Florida for 35 years before retiring in 2008. During her retirement she enjoyed watercolor painting and spending time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Rose Thomson, husband Stuart Gardner and her sister Patricia Bonanno. She is survived by her sister Louise Thomson, children Edward Gardner and Suzanne (Gardner) Ankers, her grandson William Ankers, and nieces Barbara Bonanno and Tina Regalado.

A funeral mass will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 9715 N 56th Street, Temple Terrace, FL, Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:30am.

A graveside service and burial will take place at the Florida National Cemetery 6502 SW 102nd Ave. Bushnell on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:30am.

Memorial contributions may be made to to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Lifepath Hospice or to the charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


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Sharon Lewis Smith

October 11, 2020

Cookie was such a sweetheart. Quiet, competent, soothing, compassionate, thoughtful. I am saddened to hear of her death. The world lost a good one. My late husband, Phil, and I had several memorable dinners with Stuart and Cookie, and we shared many moments of laughter, as did diners around us! Rest in peace, Cookie.

Judith Powell

October 10, 2020

I was a co-worker with Cookie. My heart is heavy learning that she has passed. I extend my sympathy to her Son, Daughter and Grandson. May she rest in heavenly peace.

Mario Myerson

October 9, 2020

Cookie started out as a work colleague and over the years we connected through shared perspectives. When we were both retired, we played at being watercolor painters together with other good friends, “the art bad girls”.
I sadly had not been with Cookie in person in over six months, but the telephone was our lifeline. We traded jokes, life tips, stories about our beloved kitties, and the state of the world. Cookie had a subtle and joyful sense of humour and I miss her every day.

Here’s Cookie with her beloved Elizabeth.


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