Sisco Funeral Chapel

705 W. Meadow St., Springdale, AR

Phone: 479-751-4577

Jean Richards Gardner

Springdale, AR

1924 - 2012

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Published: December 10, 2012

Jean Richards Gardner, 88, a very sweet and gracious lady departed this life at Circle of Life Hospice on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. She was born in Dow, Okla., on Aug. 4, 1924, on her mother's 20th birthday to the late John August and Eugenia Durham Richards.

She graduated from Fort Smith High School in 1942 where she was a member of Delta Beta Sigma Sorority and attended the University of Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ronald "Pete" Gardner Jr., her high school sweetheart. They moved to Springdale in 1945 where they were members of First Presbyterian Church. They loved to travel and visited all 50 states often in their motor home. They traveled extensively with the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association and Independent Insurance Agents Association, both here and abroad, including an Around The World Tour in 1980 and golfing trips to Scotland and Ireland. Jean especially loved the shopping and sightseeing. She was a member of Chapter G, P.E.O. Sisterhood for 63 years and formed many lifelong friendships there and in her bridge clubs, which she cherished. She was beautiful in every way and always had a smile for everyone. She will be forever missed by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her four daughters, Wendy Grobmyer and husband, Frank, of Little Rock, Sally Gardner of Dallas, Texas, Cindy Lewis and husband, Andy, of Fayetteville and Julie Rollins of Springdale; grandchildren, Gardner Green and wife, Kim, of Coppell, Texas, and Jessie Grobmyer of Dallas, Texas, Drew Lewis, M.D., and wife, Tamara, Miles Lewis, Catherine Lee Lewis and Stan Rodgers and wife, Laura, all of Fayetteville; and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Janice Richards Mack and husband, Bob Mack, M.D., of Texarkana, Texas.

At her request there will be a private graveside service and interment at Bluff Cemetery in Springdale. A visitation for Jean will take place on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Springdale. The family will not be present. The family suggests memorials be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762 or First Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Gutensohn Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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