Feb 182011

Nora Fern Baldwin Gardner, 61, of Aztec, N.M., passed away on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, after a lengthy illness. She was lovingly cared for by her husband, Marvin Gardner. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Woodruff Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with visitation at 10 a.m.

She was born June 6, 1949, in McNary to Sidney and Fern Baldwin, and grew up in Bakersfield, Calif.

She met her eternal companion in Woodruff, and they were married April 12, 1969, in the Mesa Temple. They lived in Woodruff for several years, and they owned the A&W Root Beer Stand in Holbrook. After several years, they bought an ice plant in St. George, Utah, and then they had the opportunity to open a Laundromat in Gallup, N.M. While living in St. George, they found the home of their dreams in Aztec, and purchased an additional laundromat in Farmington, N.M.

She was an active member of the LDS church. She loved working with the children in Primary, and her children and grandchildren. They brought her much joy, love and happiness.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Marvin Gardner; her children, Marlin (Jennifer), Jesse (Sherri) Gardner and Lisa (Scott) Bracken; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.