Obituary: Frances Gardner, 74, of Silverthorne passes on
April 8, 2009
Frances Joann (Asher) Gardner passed from this earth on Monday, when she lost her courageous battle with cancer. According to her wishes there will be no viewing or service. There will be a private graveside. Friends are welcome to come to her home Saturday at 1 p.m. for a celebration of her life.
She is survived by her brother Kenny (Bonnie) Asher, of Delta; daughter Debbie (Stephen), Tyson, of Marion Iowa; sons Rick, of Broomfield and Stan (Noreen) Gardner, of Louisville; 10 grandchildren; sister-in-law Donna Gardner; and best friend Jean (Colin) Johnson. Fran was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, her husband, and one grandchild.
Frances was born Dec. 3, 1935, in Simla, Colo., to Delbert and Gladys Asher. She grew up in Delta. She met her future husband, Alvern Knowel Gardner, at Delta High School and they married June 27, 1954. They raised three children in Broomfield. Fran was a stay-at-home mother who doted on her family and spoiled her grandchildren. Her passions were her gardens both flower and vegetable, traveling and becoming a great cook.
Fran and Al had a winter home in Sun Lakes, Ariz., for 15 years where she took up golfing. In 1996 Al and Fran bought a house above Silverthorne where she spent her summers working in her garden, when she was not golfing or spending time with her grandkids. In 2006 her mountain home garden was on the Summit County Garden Tour.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to a Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.
We want to thank Dignity Care and Hospice for the wonderful care that they have gave her the last three weeks of her life.