Sara Metcalf Gardner

sara gardner

November 11, 1987 ~ September 13, 2017

Resided in: Swannanoa, NC

Sara was born on November 11, 1987 to William Gene and Kathy Metcalf. She lived in Asheville until October 19, 2008 when she married Joshua Gardner and moved to their home in Swannanoa. There they had two children, William Atticus Gardner who passed away March 2011, and Maggie Elizabeth Gardner of the home. Sara passed away at her home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Joshua Gardner; their daughter, Maggie Elizabeth Gardner; her parents, William Gene and Kathryn Metcalf; her brother Nicholas Metcalf and his wife Jessica; her grandparents, George and June Lamb; her best friend, Diane Osborne and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers. Sara was a loving soul who took care of every person or animal she ever met. She was employed as a long-term care specialist for the last eleven years and was a blessing to more people than we will ever know. Sara is preceded in death by her Memaw, Dorothy Willingham and her son, William Atticus Gardner. We take solace in knowing she is safe in her Memaw’s arms again and finally hugging and kissing her baby boy. A memorial of her life will be held on Sunday, September 17, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 3401 Sweeten Creek Rd., Arden, NC. The family will receive friends at 3:00 p.m. and the memorial service will start at 4:00 p.m. A private burial service will be held at a later date. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for peace and comfort through this difficult time.May God be with you. We will be praying for the family.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. This is something that no parent should have to go thru.
    May God be with you both and your family. May the Angels of God wrap their wings around her.

  3. The world was a better place with Sara in it. As a young girl, she was always happy, hopeful, helpful and genuine–ready with a kind word and warm smile. These attributes never ceased to characterize her too short life.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family in their stunning loss.

  4. To all of sara’s family, Kent,Jessica and I are astounded that this has happened. Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We are here for you. Our love for Sara is tremendous and God bless pretty, little Maggie.

  5. Words cannot express my sadness hearing of Sara’s passing. I’ve know her since her birth, and she was the sweetest little girl and grew into the most precious young lady. She is at peace with her Memaw and baby boy! Love to the entire family.

  6. I remember Sara for her warmth and compassion and her love and devotion to her family. I always admired her strong work ethic; which she learned from her loving parents. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will comfort and strengthen Sara’s family during their time of grief and loss. My love goes out to you all.

  7. Josh, We are saddened by the loss of Sara! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. Please let us know if you need anything!

  8. Oh, Kathy, my heart goes out to you, and yours…I am in prayer for your comfort and peace. I am so glad you know where she has gone; there is solace in that understanding. Any other words do not come, only my love.

  9. My deepest condolences go out to Sara’s family and loved ones. I was Maggie’s daycare teacher when she was a baby and her mother Sara was the sweetest person ever. It’s hard to belIeve she is gone so soon and so young. May she forever Rest in Peace

  10. A beautiful picture of a beautiful soul! As Sara’s Health Occupations teacher at Reynolds HS, I knew she had a heart for caring for others. My prayers are with her family, friends and all those whose lives she touched.

    Lori Schryer

  11. Such a lovely picture of her. It expresses how cheerful she was.
    May the Lord bless Joshua and Maggie and the rest of the family.
    This must have been a shock to you as it was to the rest of us.

  12. I worked with Sara at the Farm. Sara was so loving and kind. She could make you laugh out loud on your darkest day! I will forever remember her humor and how wonderful she was to all of her patients and friends. She always included everyone in all she did and made me feel welcome when I was new to the area. Sara was also the first of my friends and family that helped me during my cancer battle. Such an amazing soul and heart! ‘Only the good die young’! Happy that she will have lil Atticus with her! She will be forever in my heart!

  13. May your love never die and your soul burn with in us all you will never be forgotten you will be seen every time the sun shines and your love for us will all ways be a warm ember burning in us all to keep us strong in these hard times we will make you proud of us with the memory of every kind and nice thing you did and the love you showed even in your hardest times of life. you are a person that can never be replaced and for your family may you watch over them and guide There path to your light till the time comes when we all see you again we miss and love you all ways and forever.

  14. I will miss seeing Sara and Maggie playing together in there drive way. Sara was a wonderful mother. Josh if you need anything let me know. Praying for all of you.

  15. We love you dearly Kathy and pray that you will find peace in your memories of Sara and her beautiful legacy, Maggie.

    Love and hugs,
    Amber and Team Weaverville Brian Center

  16. Our deepest condolences to Sara’s family, you are in our prayers at this very difficult time. My heart goes out to you.

  17. Sara was one of the CNAs at Highland Farms when I had students there. She set a great example for the students with her compassion, kindness and caring towards the patients. She was so sweet. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  18. My deepest prayers are with all f you. I grew up near her grandfather George Lamb & have know him plus his wife June for nearly all of my life. My hearts goes out to her husband, little daughter & everyone. May God bring you comfort & peace for it will be a hard journey but God makes no mistakes. She was taken at a young age & someday we will understand what we can’t today.

  19. Kathy our hearts are breaking for your loss . I handed mom the paper but she is confused. Words in a situation such as this are so ineffective in giving real comfort. She was such a darling girl and later a woman and a mom. We send our prayers for comfort and strength to you and William and Nick. That sweet little girl she left will be a sweet reminder of who she was and what she loved most. Family. Our deepest condolences. Sam Marlene and Beadie

  20. Sara will be missed. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers! Sorry we are not able to make it to the service.

  21. Our hearts are breaking for your loss. I remember Sara’s excitement planning her wedding and your joy at seeing her happy. Cling to those memories now and know that families are forever. You are in our prayers. Carla and Charles Silver

  22. Sara will be missed. May you find comfort knowing that her short life was full of love. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  23. Kathy and Gene, I am so very sorry to hear this shocking news of Sara’s passing. I have not been on Facebook for a while. I wish I could be there to help in some way. Although I know your testimony is solid that you will all be reunited with her again, I also know that does not take away the missing, especially for little Maggie who will grow up without her. My heart is aching for you all. Love and prayers, Lee

  24. My sincere condolences to Sara’s family and to Josh and Maggie Gardner and family for your loss. May Sara Rest In Peace.

    Jon and Terri Conner

  25. Hi Sara it’s been along time girl! You were my friend at camp coqui. I had been looking for you and I saw that you were no longer with us! This disease we hated with 400 other campers! I will cherish our talks and secrets and laugh! R.I.P my good friend

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