Feb 112011

Helen Rosalee Gardner, 97, died quietly at her Snowflake home on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, from causes incident to her age. The funeral service will begin at 10 o’clock this morning (Feb. 11) at the Pioneer Park Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Snowflake, with Bishop Lynn Johnson officiating. A visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. The concluding service and interment will follow at the R.V. “Mike” Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake.

Helen was born on Sept. 30, 1913, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Okla., to the late Halbert Judson and Myrtle Estelle (Rudkin) Flowers. She was raised in Hayward, Okla. As a young woman, Helen attended business college in Enid, Okla.

When she married, she went to work at Tinker Air Force Base. She moved to Arizona from her native Oklahoma in 1954. At that time she began working for a bank in Holbrook, where she also made her home. She later worked at the bank in Snowflake, and retired as a teller after nearly 24 years of dedicated service.

While living in Holbrook, Helen embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the LDS church.

In 1962 her husband, Bill Richards, passed away and she later married Horald Gardner, who also preceded her in death in 2002.

Helen was a loving wife and mother, and always saw that her family was well taken care of. She will be missed by all who ever had the privilege to know her; however, none will miss her more than her family.

Survivors include her five children, Thomas Lynn Richards (Connie) of Snowflake, Beverly Payne of Tulsa, Okla., Boyd (Joan) Gardner of Oakley, Idaho, Butch (Lavell) Gardner of Snowflake and Ellen (Don) Crede of San Jose, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Gannon Thomas.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake handled the arrangements.