Mildred W. Gardner

mildred gardner
Mildred W. Gardner, 85, formerly of Tampa Avenue, West Asheville, died Thursday, December 25, 2003, in a Burlington hospital. Mrs. Gardner was born in Spindale and was a daughter of the late Augustus S. and Eva Taylor Watkins. She was married to C.R. “Bob” Gardner, who died in 1974. She was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church in Elon and former member and secretary at West Asheville Baptist Church. Surviving are her daughter, Vicki Anderson and her husband Scott of Elon, NC; a step-daughter Gerry Southard and her husband Fred; one grandson, Bob; two step-grandchildren; three sisters, Sue Mitchem, Lois Westcott and Wilma Sebastian and three brothers J.D., Charles, and Norris Watkins. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. James H. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service and request that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Vicki, I was sorry to hear about your mother. I remember many times coming to your house while both our mothers discussed Avon. I know you will surely miss her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Cheryl Burnette Bland

  2. Dear Vicky & Family,
    We just learned today about the passing of your mother. We were gone for the holidays to the children and didn’t get home until the third of Jan., we didn’t know that she had been ill
    You have our deepest sympathy and regrets. We loved Mildred and missed her very much when she felt the need to move to be closer to you. You will miss her,but think how much happier she is now being with your dad again after all this time and serving the Lord hand in hand as a team again. Also renewing ole acquiantences with all those gone on before. We love you an will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Hope you know how much we love you and that we are praying for you and your family. We are so sorry that you have to go thru this at any time, but especially during the holidays. Don’t forget that the Lord will walk with you every step of the way and see you thru this difficult time. Oh what a joyous Christmas your mother is having this year. Maybe she and Clara have already met and are celebrating together. God bless you all.

  4. Vicki, Scott & Bob,

    I was extremely sorry to hear of Mildred’s passing. Scott has kept me informed of her declining health over the last several months and I feel like I know her personally.

    My family wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to you all and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin McCloskey

  5. I did not know her personally, but I belong to the Group that her daughter, Vicki belongs. We have prayed for her and God answered our prayers and took her home to be with Him. She just got there a little earlier than we have. She was a delight if she was as wonderful as her daughter. We do thank God for the family.

  6. I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s death – especially at this time of year. My dad was buried on Christmas Eve. Please remember that she is having the time of her life with her parents, your dad, Mickie and Wayne. Also remember how much she loved you and your family. She was so proud of you! She meant a great deal to me and I will miss knowing she isn’t there with you. I will be praying for all the times when you will miss her even though we know she is better off and out of pain.

  7. Dearest Vickie, Lois & family. I have loved your Mom and sister since working across the hall from her when living in Asheville. Vickie you came in Jan. My son in Feb. 1969. She was a dear friend and I will miss her. My best to you and the family.

    Sue Cathey Carswell
    950 SW 138th Ave
    Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33027

  8. Dearest Vicki, Scott and Bobby,

    I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing, especially at Christmas time. Mom has been keeping me informed of all that was going on.

    God has wrapped his arms around her and eased her suffering. She and your dad have reunited for eternity. That has to make you smile. We are praying for you and all of the family during this time.

    We loved her and we love you all. Take care and let the Lord strengthen you.

    Peggy and Buddy

  9. Vicki, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need us in any way please let us know.

  10. Dear Vicki, Scott, and Bobbie,

    We are so sorry to hear of your mother passing away. We are praying for you and your family.

    God Bless you.

  11. Vicki,

    I have many fond memories of your mother, working with her at the West Asheville Baptist Church in the early ’70s. Professionally, she was a great help to me as a young minister; personally, she was a great support. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss.


  13. My love for Mildred began the first Sunday she came into the Sunday School Class where I taught at Brookwood Baptist church. She was very special to me and we developed a beautiful relationship. She will be missed terribly by me and all the ladies in our class.

  14. Vicky, My love for your mom began the first Sunday she came into my Sunday School Class. She was very special to me and we developed a beautiful relationship. She will be missed terribly by me and all the ladies in our class.Please know that you will be in my prayers.

  15. I have wonderful memories of Mildred at WABC. Always a word of encouragement, a smile and a hug. She has left a wonderful legacy to all of us who knew her. Vicki and family, we share your grief, but even more the joy of her presence with the Lord. We will see her again. Our love and prayers for now and the days ahead.

  16. My heart is aching for you, Vicki, and your family. I know your Mom is in a better place than any of us are and for that we can give THANKS. You did so much for your Mom, and she knows that.

  17. Dear Vicki, Scott & Bob,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. May the peace of Christ be with you at this sad time and always.
    God Bless You All

  18. I was so sorry to learn, albeit quite late, of Mildred’s passing. Will be in touch with you later.

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