May 9, 1913 ~ June 28, 2008

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Garner, NC

Sue Buckner Gardner, 95, of Garner, NC, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008. A native of Buncombe Co., Mrs. Gardner worked as a dietician for Asheville City Schools and also operated Foster's Log Cabin Restaurant on Weaverville Highway with her husband of 50 years, Robert Jay Gardner, who died in 1989. She was an active volunteer for American Red Cross and was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville. Surviving are her son, Larry Gardner and wife Thea, of Apex, NC; her daughter Nancy Gardner Rich and husband Rod, of Raleigh and two grandchildren, Robbie and Lauren. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Eddie Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to GHA Services for individuals with Autism in Albemarle, NC (

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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Aunt Sue. She was such a wonderful woman who we cared and loved so dearly. We are praying for the family. We know she will be truly missed.

    God bless,
    The Forester family

  2. Aunt Sue was always so sweet to me. She always had kind words and wonderful conversation. She was a real Southern Lady !
    I am planning on attending the service.

  3. Aunt Sue was such a wonderful lady. I will remember always her smile and kind words. I know my mom was waiting at the gates of heaven for her. I will keep all of you in my prayers. God bless.

  4. I always loved seeing Aunt Sue at Fresh Market, she always had a smile on her face. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.

  5. I have such fond memories of Aunt Sue. We always loved going to her house to bake cookies. She was a very dear and sweet lady. We were blessed to have been related to her. She’ll always have a special place in our hearts.

  6. Dear Nancy & Larry,

    I have wanted to find where you were & your mom, so I could see all of you, and am sorry I had to find you this way. Your mom & dad were of course, SO very special to me! I remember your mom calling us the Gardner girls, when we would be playing together. She will surely be missed, she was such a wonderful lady! At times she was like my second mom, because I always wanted to go play at your house, it was so much fun! Your dad I could see at my dad’s lot & he was always so nice to me too!

    We need to get in touch & I am trying to workout coming for the funeral, but not certain I can make it.

    Love to you all,
    Vicki Gardner Anderson, husband Scott Anderson & son Bob

  7. Aunt Sue was so precious and set the example for all with her sweet/ caring spirit. I can still see her with Aunt Vaughty and Aunt Myrtle sitting on my GrandMother’s (Ethel Buckner)front porch laughing and enjoying life. She was so sweet to me and I am glad I got to see her last year when I went for a visit, she still remembered my Grandmother. I trust God is letting them enjoy some front porch time. Sincerely sorry for your loss.


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