OBITUARY

Claudia Gardner

October 4, 1938March 6, 2019
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Frances “Claudia” Claudette Gardner, 80, passed away in Norfolk on Wednesday morning to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Eddie and Doris Rasberry. Claudia is predeceased by her brother, Eddie Rasberry, Jr. Claudia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and great grandmother. She loved arts and crafts, and even found the time to write her own cookbook and children’s books. She was once the Girl Scout Coordinator-Neighborhood Chairman. She was also a member of the Retired Marine Corps Wives social club. Claudia is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Thurman Gardner; five children, Karen Grubaugh (Rick), Timothy “Bob” Gardner, Keith Gardner, Scott Gardner (Rebecca) and Kellie Jennings (Chip); sister, Evon Rice (Ray), Judi Gettier (Glenn); grandchildren, Jordan, Josh, Joanna, Robert, Michael, Sara, Nicole and Richard as well as seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be from 6-8pm, Monday evening at Smith and Williams Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Smith and Williams Funeral Home chapel. Burial will immediately follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family would like to send a special thank you to the nursing staff at Lake Taylor for their special care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Union Mission of Norfolk charity. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Eddie Rasberry, Father
  • Doris Rasberry, Mother
  • Eddie Rasberry Jr., Brother
  • Thurman Gardner, Husband
  • Karen and husband Rick Grubaugh, Daughter
  • Timothy "Bob" Gardner, Son
  • Keith Gardner, Son
  • Scott and wife Rebecca Gardner, Son
  • Kellie and husband Chip Jennings, Daughter
  • Judi and husband Glenn Gettier, Sister
  • Evon and husband Ray Rice, Sister
  • Grandchildren, Jordan, Josh, Joanna, Robert, Michael, Sara, Nicole and Richard as well as seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Claudia Gardner

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Kevin Gardner

March 16, 2019

Paula Eisen

March 12, 2019

Dear Scott and Rebecca:
My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Scott's mother. She was too young to go and you were too young to lose her.

I hope that that time and the warmth of fond memories will help sustain you and your family through this difficult time.

Much love,
Paula

Kat French

March 8, 2019

Kellie, Chip & Jordan,

So very sorry for your loss. May the Love & Light of the Lord be with you and your family. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Kat & Jimmy French

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Biography

Frances “Claudia” Claudette Gardner, 80, passed away in Norfolk on Wednesday morning to be with her Lord and Savior. She was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Eddie and Doris Rasberry. Claudia is predeceased by her brother, Eddie Rasberry, Jr. Claudia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and great grandmother. She loved arts and crafts, and even found the time to write her own cookbook and children’s books. She was once the Girl Scout Coordinator-Neighborhood Chairman. She was also a member of the Retired Marine Corps Wives social club. Claudia is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Thurman Gardner; five children, Karen Grubaugh (Rick), Timothy “Bob” Gardner, Keith Gardner, Scott Gardner (Rebecca) and Kellie Jennings (Chip); sister, Evon Rice (Ray), Judi Gettier (Glenn); grandchildren, Jordan, Josh, Joanna, Robert, Michael, Sara, Nicole and Richard as well as seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be from 6-8pm, Monday evening at Smith and Williams Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Smith and Williams Funeral Home chapel. Burial will immediately follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family would like to send a special thank you to the nursing staff at Lake Taylor for their special care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Union Mission of Norfolk charity. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.