Virgie Louise Gardner

July 25, 1945 ‒ April 20, 2005

Lexington, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Virgie Louise Gardner, 59, of 7394 State Route 97 West, Mansfield, died Wednesday morning April 20, 2005 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.

She was born July 25, 1945 in Springfield to Marion Franklin and Minnie Louise (Larkins) Holmes, attended Mansfield Senior High School and later attended Maywood (California) High School.

Virgie had worked as a nurse’s aide with Woodlawn Nursing Home before moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee. She returned to Mansfield eleven years ago, and was a member of Crossway Assembly of God

She dearly loved and cared for her grandchildren, and Virgie kept her television tuned to TBN network 24-hours a day, as she faithfully followed the teachings of evangelist Joyce Meyers.

Gifted with an extraordinary, even zany, sense of humor, Virgie could make you laugh ~ even when you didn’t want to. She was a talented peacemaker, who could see the silver lining in most any situation. Virgie enjoyed traveling, knitting and crocheting, and sharing a cup of coffee and a plate of cookies.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law Paul and Marquita Gardner of Rossville, Georgia, a daughter Lisa Gardner Rigdon of Bucyrus, a son and daughter-in-law Wayne and Leshell Gardner of Lexington; grandchildren Shawna and Tony Tidwell and Garin Gardner all of Rossville, Georgia, Donavan Gardner and Alisha Rigdon both of Bucyrus, Savanna, Keirsten and Jazmine “Jazzy” Gardner all of Lexington; great grandchildren Austin and Camron Tidwell; two sisters and a brother-in-law Betty M. Mays of Ringold, Georgia, Barbara and Russell Staats of Fulton; a brother and sister-in-law Robert and Kay Holmes of Mansfield; a sister-in-law Pat Holmes of Lexington; numerous nieces and nephews including a cherished niece Jeannette Holmes; and a host of wonderful friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband W. T. Gardner in 1994; a grandson Timothy Paul Gardner and a brother Donald M. Holmes.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 22, 2005 from 4-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the service celebrating God’s gift of the life of Virgie Gardner will be held Saturday at 11 am. The Rev. Daniel M. Wood will preside. Interment will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Memorial contributions to the Virgie L. Gardner Memorial Fund may be made through the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.