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Sally Elaine GardnerPassing: December 15, 2020


Little Valley, New York

Memorial Service

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Little Valley, New York

To be Announced

BLOOMINGTON – Sally Elaine Gardner, 86, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born August 31, 1934, in Salamanca, New York, she was the daughter of George Barnhart and Marie Mable (Horning) Ulmer. She married Howard Thomas Gardner August 22, 1953, and he preceded her in death July 8, 1998.

Sally was a homemaker and a small-town girl, growing up in Little Valley, New York.  She enjoyed ice skating, bowling (winning many high-score awards), community theater, Goodwill store shopping and dancing.  Her favorite music was sung by Willie Nelson. After she moved to Indiana in 1998, she became an avid Indianapolis Colts fan, always donning her blue and white gear to watch every game. While living at Hearthstone Health Campus and Brookdale Senior Living in Bloomington, she fed the birds and squirrels outside her window, played bingo with passion and danced when visiting musicians came to play. She treasured all her caregivers who made her life so full.

Keith Richard (Deanna) Gardner of Mitchell, IN
Amy Marie Gardner of Indianapolis, IN
Alyssa Elaine Gardner of Mitchell, IN
Margaret Gayle Kulas of Hanover Park, IL
Henry Lawrence (Amy) Kloepper of Lincoln, NE
great grandson,
Ford Owen Kloepper of Lincoln, NE

Her parents; daughter, Mary Beth Gardner (1983); and sister, Mary Jean Ulmer, preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen with a service to be held in Little Valley, NY at a later date.

Memorial Gifts: White River Humane Society, Bedford, IN

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2 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Bradley Mitchell | OLEAN
    Date: December 28, 2020
    Dear Gardner Family, I am saddened to learn of Sally's passing in our local paper the Olean Times Herald. I remember her (and your dad) as loving, kind, caring, and fun people. I am sorry for your loss, and will hang on to some great memories from our youth. Prayers for you and yours, Brad Mitchell
  2. Guest: Debbie Webster | Mitchell, IN
    Date: December 17, 2020
    Keith & Deanna, I’m so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a beautiful and gracious lady. Cherish your memories, and know she is at peace. Fondly, Debbie