Ruth Margaret Gardner, 65, wife of Jeff Gardner, died Thursday, March 26, 2020.
Born in Celina, OH, she was a daughter of the late Marcus and Vera Gerke Speicher.
A graduate of Capital University in Columbus, OH, she celebrated many close friendships that she developed over a life’s journey that took her from Ohio to Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, and the Netherlands before settling in Simpsonville, SC for the last 21 years. All along the way she was a loving wife and mother to her husband and two sons, Chris Gardner and Andy Gardner.
Confident, trusting and steadfast in her Christian faith, Ruth was a member of Lamb of God Lutheran Fellowship. A lifelong Lutheran, she served in whatever capacity her churches needed.
The bunco queen of Kilgore Plantation, Ruth was a friend to all who knew her warm smile and loving personality. Ruth was an avid hiker who was especially inspired by her completion of the Make-a-Wish Foundation Trailblaze Challenge in 2017.
Among many other attributes she will be remembered for crafting beautiful custom window treatments. Her keen sense of interior design coupled with her “friend to all” pricing strategy kept her services in high demand in the Upstate.
Ruth is also survived by her daughters-in-law Stacie (wife to Chris) and Michelle (wife to Andy); grandchildren, Luke, Elise, and Julie Gardner; sister, Carolyn Clack of Horseheads, NY and brother, John Speicher of Geyserville, CA.
Due to the recent CDC Covid-19 guidelines on social distancing, a public memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to Make-a-Wish South Carolina online at sc.wish.org/donate or by check to 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Ste C17, Greenville, SC 29607; or to Lamb of God Lutheran Fellowship by check to PO Box 1703, Simpsonville, SC 29681.
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