It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mom, Ellen Gardner on April 17, 2020, one day short of her 97th birthday.
Ellen was born on April 18, 1923 on the homestead near Tugaske, Sask.
She got her schooling at Sprattsville and Pilgrim country schools in Saskatchewan and later took correspondence courses to further her education.
At 16, she moved to Moose Jaw to work. She met and married Doug Gardner and moved to Hanna in 1957 and they were blessed with two daughters Bonnie and Cindy.
Mom worked in various grocery stores in Hanna until retiring in 1989.
After retiring she took up babysitting to keep busy and enjoyed that part of her life very much.
Later in her life, she would love to tell us stories from her babysitting days that made her smile with laughter.
Ellen was an avid bowler, enjoyed curling and baseball in her younger years.
Although she didn’t curl in her later years she loved to watch a good game on TV.
She wasn’t a big traveller but definitely enjoyed a trip she made to Hawaii and loved trips into B.C. through the majestic Rocky Mountains.
Home was the place Mom loved to be most of all, raising her girls and watching them grow.
When her grandkids Barry and Terri-Lynn were born they became the light of her life.
She loved her girls and grandkids unconditionally, taught them gently, gave endlessly and forgave readily.
Ellen is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Nill (Wade Richardson), Cindy Mohl (Jeff), her grandchildren, Barry Nill, and Terri-Lynn Guni (Zie).
She is also survived by her two nieces Darla Brown (Dennis) and Janet Donnelly (Greg) and their families.
She was predeceased by parents Albert and Janet Medcalf, her two brothers Jack (Lorena), Art, and her devoted sister Jean Bruce (John).
Mom was also predeceased by our little angel, great-granddaughter, Kyra Guni.
Mom will be remembered for her kindness, her integrity in all things and most of all her sense of humour. She was dearly loved and will be forever missed by her family and friends,
Private graveside family service to be held on Fri. April 24, 2020 at the Hanna Cemetery.
Donations can be made in Ellen’s name directly to the Hanna Long Term Care Recreation (Nursing Home) fund or the Hanna Ladies Auxiliary, Box 23, Hanna, AB. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements, 403-854-5956, www. Hannafuneral.ca.