Friday, August 20, 2010

Delila Gardner: Obituary

The following was published in the Deseret News, 28 April 1937, p. 20:

Delila Gardner
Miss Delila (Aunt Lyle) Gardner, 79, died last night at her home in West Jordan, following a long illness.

Miss Gardner was born July 18, 1857, in Mill Creek to Archibald and Mary Livingston Gardner. Moving with her parents to Spanish Fork she attended the first school established there. At the age of eight she returned with her parents to West Jordan where she has since lived.

Active in the Church work she was president of the first Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Society organized in West Jordan, and later was Stake president. She was Relief Society Secretary for 44 years and acted as teacher in that organization. She was also a charter member in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Archibald Gardner Camp, serving as its first Historian.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ellen Gardner, and Mrs. Rachel Irving, West Jordan, and the following half-brothers and half-sisters: James H. Gardner, Lehi; Serenus Gardner, Orange, Calif.; Bruce Gardner, Clarence Gardner, Frank Gardner and Ozro Gardner, Afton, Wyo.; Edwin Gardner, Maryland; Wilford Gardner and Robert Gardner, Salt Lake City; Delbert Gardner, California; Rebecca Gardner, West Jordan; Mrs. Serena Andrus, Mrs. Annie Francis, Spanish Fork; Mrs. Ann Egbert, Logan, and Mrs. Lillian Widdison, Hooper.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the West Jordan Chapel by Counselor Virgil Goates.

Friends may call at the I. G. Goff Mortuary in Midvale until Sunday, and at the family home in West Jordan Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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