MARION — Lois A. Gardiner, 88, passed away at 7:30 a.m. July 8, 2018.
She was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Grand Tower, to John W. and Juliette (Brandes) Arbeiter.
She married William H. "Bill" Gardiner on June 26, 1949, in Murphysboro. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage until he preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 2015.
Lois is survived by her son, Hayden Gardiner of Marion; daughters, Diane Gardiner of Carterville, and Kimberlea G. Trotter and husband, Dr. Samuel Trotter of Rogersville, Alabama; grandchildren, Mia Stock and husband, Danny of Marion, Ali Buffington and husband, Wes of Marion, Jeffrey Gardiner of Perryville, Missouri, Elizabeth Haas DPT and husband, Travis of Carterville, Jillian Trotter of Dallas, Texas, Rachel Trotter DPT of Hawthorne, New Jersey, Joseph Trotter and wife, Samantha of Rogersville, Alabama, and Claire Trotter of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Clara Stock, Charlotte Stock, Drake Buffington, Emma Haas, and Frank Haas; two sisters, Marion Kunce of Carterville, and Adelle Garner of Marion; and sister-in-law, Delma Arbeiter of Waterloo. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Gardiner was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Doris Asbury; brother-in-law, Charles Asbury; brother, Russell Arbeiter; and brothers-in-law, Homer Garner and James Kunce.
Lois was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon for 55 years. She volunteered for 40 years with the American Cancer Society and was honored in 2001 with the Jefferson County Senior Saint Award. She was also honored by Dr. Yagnesh Oza with a reception in 2015 recognizing her many years of service. She served with the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered much of her time with the Meals on Wheels program. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14, at Newell Funeral Home, 601 S. 42nd St., in Mount Vernon with the funeral service to follow at noon, with the Rev. Lance Leeds officiating. Interment will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Faith Lutheran Church.
Call Newell Funeral Home in Mount Vernon at 618-246-0100 or visit newellfuneralhome.com for further information.