Gladys M. Gardner

Gladys M. Gardner, age 78, of Ridgecrest, CA, formerly of Wall, SD, died Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at her home in Ridgecrest.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 29, at the United Methodist Church in Wall, with Pastor Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music will be provided by Carol Hahn, organist, and Lucille Holsether, vocalist, singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow”, “Rock of Ages”, and “In the Garden”. Ushers are Bill Leonard and Bernard Foster. Pallbearers are Carl Mathews, Gordon Pederson, Jake Mathews, Lyle Kleinschmit, Gary Ambur and Todd Nelson.

Interment will be in the Wall Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys M. Miller was born on October 24, 1927, in Wall, SD, the son of Eugene and Violet E. (Whitwer) Miller. She attended Wall Public School for twelve years, graduating in 1945. She attended Yankton College in Yankton, SD, where she awarded a BA degree in 1951 and a BA degree in 1953. She attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion and many other colleges and universities, earning a LBS and a Master’s of Science degree in Childhood Education. She taught in public schools in South Dakota, North Dakota, Washington, Alaska, and California. She retired in 1991 after teaching for 44 years.

Gladys married Dr. Dwylan L. "Rocky" Gardner on August 28, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Wall with E. Jensen, ordained elder, officiating. To this union no children were born.

Gladys enjoyed reading and watching television. She had a great social awareness and empathy for her fellow human beings. She especially liked dogs.

Gladys is survived by her husband, Dr. Dwylan L. Gardner, the man she adored. She and her husband were married 57 years. Other survivors are Gail Miller, her brother, and his wife, Delores, of Pierre; sister-in-law, Nedra Kaufman of Yankton; a niece, Alana and her husband, Bill Tamisiea; five great-nieces and nephews; six great-great-nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Violet Miller, and her father and mother-in-law, Samuel and Anna Gardner.

Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Optimal Hospice Care, 1653 Triangle Drive, Ridgecrest, CA 93555.