Audrey Gardner

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Audrey Bonita Gardner, 41, of Iola, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 at Allen County Regional Hospital at Iola.

Ms. Gardner was born Aug. 26, 1977, at Shreveport, La., the daughter of Paul B. and Rosemary Tierney Gardner.  

She was raised in Shreveport, La. She graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1996. She later attended Pittsburg State University and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She later received a master’s degree also from Pittsburg State University. She was an elementary school teacher in the Iola school district. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Iola. 

Survivors include her parents, Paul and Rosemary Gardner of Girard; a brother, Paul (Dana) Gardner II of Lawrence, and a nephew, Kaleb Gardner of Lawrence.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arma, with Father Floyd McKinney as celebrant. Burial will be at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma, and the family will receive friends following the rosary. 

The family suggests memorials to the Audrey B. Gardner Scholarship Fund at Iola’s USD 257 School District. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma KS 66712.

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