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Shirley F. Gardner

December 30, 1934 September 25, 2020
Shirley F. Gardner
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Obituary for Shirley F. Gardner

Shirley F. Gardner, age 85, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at her home in Peoria, IL.

Shirley was born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 30, 1934 to George S. and Febbie (Osteen) Mason. She married Alfred Gardner on April 10, 1976.

Shirley was employed for 20 years as a legal secretary retiring in 1996 then became employed as the secretary bookkeeper for St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Bartonville last working in June of this year. Shirley was a member of the American Business Women's Association where she held the title of board President for many years and was named Woman of the Year of her Chapter the Flamelighters. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bartonville American Legion.

Shirley spent a lifetime taking care of others. She was the caretaker for both her parents, aunt, husband and adopted aunt until their deaths. She was a born giver and everyone who knew her, knew she was the rock for her family. She will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include her daughters, Sherri Swanson and Connie Davis, both of Peoria, step-son, Butch (Janice) Gardner of Princeville, grandchildren, Jason (Mendy) Romack of Dawson, IL, Donnie Swanson of Bloomington, Marc (Julie) McCloskey of Flowery Branch, GA, Robert Swanson of Peoria, Molly McCloskey of Vero Beach, FL and Kelsey Cook of Peoria. Also surviving are ten great-grandchildren, Hannah, Jazzmine, Noah, Jackson, Savanah, Parker, Addyson, Wyatt, Camden and Ellisyn, along with seven step-grandchildren, Scott Gardner of Wyoming, Brett Gardner of Chillicothe, Chad (Becky) Gardner of Princeville, Teresa Gardner of Princeville and Jennifer (Steven) Gardner Pavlick of Madison, Wisconsin. Shirley was also blessed with several step-great grandchildren and step-great great grandchildren.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, a stillborn daughter Brigette, daughter Cathy McCloskey, step-son Raymond Gardner, and step-grandson, Matt Gardner.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Bartonville. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, with a half hour prior visitation on Friday, October 2, 2020, with Fr. Charles Klamut and Fr. David Heinz concelebrating, also at her church. Due to COVID restrictions, please wear masks. Private entombment will follow mass at Resurrection Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Bartonville.

Friends may sign the online guestbook or send condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

1

Oct

4:00 PM 10/1/2020 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/1/2020 7:00:00 PM
St. Anthony Catholic Church

2525 S. Skyway Rd.
Bartonville, IL 61607

St. Anthony Catholic Church
2525 S. Skyway Rd. Bartonville 61607 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

2

Oct

9:30 AM 10/2/2020 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 10/2/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church

2525 S. Skyway Rd.
Bartonville, IL 61607

St. Anthony Catholic Church
2525 S. Skyway Rd. Bartonville 61607 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

2

Oct

10:00 AM 10/2/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Anthony Catholic Church

2525 S. Skyway Rd.
Bartonville, IL 61607

St. Anthony Catholic Church
2525 S. Skyway Rd. Bartonville 61607 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States
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