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Beulah L. Gardner

1923-2010 POWNAL, VT - Mrs. Beulah L. Gardner, 86, a resident of Center Street, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness.

Mrs. Gardner was born in Pownal on Sept. 10, 1923, daughter of Thomas F. and Martha Ebert Bump. She grew up in Pownal where she attended the Oak Hill School and then Williamstown (MA) High School. She was married to Marcus M. Gardner in Pownal in 1943, and together they operated Gardner's General Store for many years. She retired from there in 1990. In earlier years, she had worked at Rudnick's Laundry in Williamstown and Bennington Bell Laundry.

Mrs. Gardner enjoyed horses and had owned thoroughbreds. She also liked gambling and feeding the wild ducks that would visit her home. Because of this she became affectionately known as "Grandma Duck." Mrs. Gardner had a very active role in raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilyn Gardner, and daughter, Jane Gardner, all of Pownal; grandchildren, Michael Gardner of Pownal, Brian Weyers of Pownal, Thomas Weyers of Bennington, Matthew Gardner of Pownal and Marcus Gardner of Pownal; great-grandchildren, Cody Gardner, Cayla Gardner, Hannah Cross, Paige Weyers, Grace Gardner, Tristan Gardner, Gwendolyn Gardner and Kendal Gardner, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to either the Pownal Rescue Squad or Ducks Unlimited in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 14, 2010
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