Arna Virginia Gardner, 81, Maritime Odd Fellows Home, Pictou, formerly of New Glasgow, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012 in the home, surrounded by family.
Born in Laconia, Lunenburg County, she was a daughter of the late Arnold Bertram and Ethel Mae (Veinot) Johnson. She was a faithful member of First United Baptist Church, New Glasgow. Arna had been employed as a seamstress for a number of years and with Peoples Jewellers for 11 years, retiring in 1992. She was Past Matron of Century Chapter No. 10, Order of the Eastern Star, New Glasgow and an affiliated member of Elm Chapter No. 48, OES, Upper Stewiacke.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Murray F. “Mike” Gardner, New Glasgow; daughters, Dianne (Blake) Storey, Sydney River; Linda Gardner, Vancouver, B.C.; Nancy (Kelly) Verbicky, Portland, Oregon; son, Craig Gardner (Andrea Schmaltz), Ottawa, Ont.; grandchildren, Shannon (Doug), Andrew (Brianna), Aaron, Taylor, Mitchell and Meaghan; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel “Nate”, Erica and Michael; “special daughter”, Deborah Cowley, Vancouver; step-mother, Julie Johnson, Bridgewater; sisters, June O’Brien, Judy Joudrey, Bridgewater; brothers, Arnie (Sandra) Johnson, Jack (Ruby) Johnson, Coldbrook; Maynard Johnson, Bridgewater; sisters-in-law, Hilda Emenau, Liverpool; Frances (Harry) Kuniholm, Athol, Mass.; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Richard Johnson; brothers-in-law, Ross (Ruth) Gardner and Ted Emenau.
The family will receive visitors 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 in P. & K. MacDonald Funeral Home, New Glasgow. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 in First United Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Stanton presiding. Interment will be held in Seaside Cemetery, Brooklyn, Queens County.
Century Chapter No. 10, OES service will be held 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 in the funeral home.
Family flowers only. Donations may be made in Arna’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
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Heather Kelly (Goulden)
So sorry to hear that Arna passed away. It was a few years ago I last saw her in church at Zion United and had a chance to speak to Mike. I am sure she is at peace now. My sympathies go out to Mike and Craig.
joy (penny) dexter
I am so sorry for your loss Mike. Arna was a lovely person. I remember when we were neighbours – perhaps 50 years ago – and I babysat for your girls. I was glad I had the chance to see you and Arna again just a few years ago at White Point Beach Lodge.
Jan & Garnett Winchester
So very sorry to hear of Anna’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing you both at Kinsmen “do’s”. Our thoughts are with you.
Jan & Garnett
Robert & Sally Fader
So sorry to hear of Arna’s passing. She was a lovely person and always friendly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.
Beryl ( Maurice Westhaver) Hatt
Murray, so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since we last spoke.
Sad to hear of Arna’s passing. We remember the fun times we had
in Kinsmen, Sympathy to you and your family.
Love Darrell and Connie