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Mary Louise Powe Gardner

Posted By Hall-Wynne On April 15, 2015 @ 4:05 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 4 Comments

DURHAM: Mary Louise Powe Gardner died Tuesday at home following a lengthy decline. She was born October 30, 1927 in Durham to E.K. Powe, Jr. and Louise Watkins Powe. Mary Louise was among the proud attendees of Watts Street Elementary School. After graduation from Salem Academy, she began college at Duke University and graduated from the University of North Carolina. Mary Louise married William H. “Nick” Gardner in 1949. For many years she was office manager of her husband’s firm, Gardner & McDaniel.
A parishioner of St. Stephen’s since its inception, Mary Louise was a devoted churchwoman, having served on the Vestry, Altar Guild and various committees over the years. She was also a member of the Junior League and the Colonial Dames. Mary Louise was an active volunteer throughout her adult life, devoted to her beloved Durham.
Surviving are her children, Mark Gardner and wife, Dona Reed of Friday Harbor, WA, Alston Gardner and wife, Barbara Lee of Chapel Hill and Lucy Gardner Stokes and husband, Bill of Durham; her grandchildren, Megan and Ben Gardner, Emma and Anna Gardner, Amy Ward, and Will and Emily Stokes; and a sister, Josephine Rankin and husband, Dr. Pinkney Rankin of Charlotte. She was predeceased by her husband, William H. “Nick” Gardner, sister, Frances Grainger and brother, E.K. Powe, III.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, with the Rev’d Robert Kaynor officiating. Friends will be received in the church fellowship hall following. Donations in Mary Louise’s memory may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com


Condolences for the family of “Mary Louise Powe Gardner”

Condolence from Minnie Hemphill on April 16th, 2015 7:07 am

Mark, Alston and Lucy, I am deeply sorry to read of the death of your mother. Please accept my condolences. May you experience the peace and comfort that emanates from our loving Heavenly Father moving through this time of sadness.

Condolence from Dillard , Susan, Richard and Elizabeth Dixon on April 16th, 2015 9:15 am

From your very close cousins from the East, Susan and I send our love to all of you-Mark, Alston, and Lucy. What a great marriage , great times, and members of a special family, just ask us! While our paths have sent us in different directions, there seems to be a closeness from our youth that just kinda is there! I still view your parents as fun as they had such a closeness with Bill, Charles and Mom/Dad. The closeness from that generation rolled to us. We are now that generation.

I hope in the loss of your Mother, we each can reflect on the years of such great times as a family. I feel Emma, and Gee Gee are proud of all of us, individually and as a TEAM! Let’s work to gather so we may reconnect and have our children do a little hugging with their close cousins. We love you all. Dillard

Condolence from Donald Curtis on April 16th, 2015 12:27 pm

Gardner, I am out of town, but wanted you to know that my thoughts are with you. This is always difficult. I always say, nothing is more important that you being proud of your parents, and that you made your parents proud of you. That is only legacy that is important. Prayers with you.

Condolence from Henry Rogers on April 18th, 2015 1:46 pm

Please accept my condolences So sorry I can’t be with you all at the funeral/reception. I haven’t been out since my stroke Feb 6. I am now back in The Forest trying to qualify to get back to my apartment

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