I was so sad to find out Ms. Gardner had passed. We got to honor her a few years ago at our Class Reunion. I have some wonderful pictures. She was so surprised! She told me I always knew you were the one who would find me (of her students) She told me she still had the book ends on her shelf I had given her in high school. I am so sad that life did not allow me to spend time with her in the last few years. When I first met her I was terrified of her. She demanded the best from us. She would not let us slack and accept anything less! She was my mentor and so many others. There is no person in my life that influenced me more in every way than her. Today I am a very successful business owner and I owe it all to her. We loved this woman so much and she gave all she had to her students! I will always cherish the night we honored her, she had the time of her life. Today I was thinking of her and went on facebook to see if by chance she was on there, that is when I saw her obit. I am crying as I write this, the greatest woman I have ever known has gone on to Heaven. What a blessing she was to so many! She will be truly missed!