Gardner, Carol Lou Burden Carol Lou Burden Gardner passed away on Friday, November 5, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center of Dallas. Carol Lou Burden Gardner was born October 25, 1943. She was the daughter of Mildred and H.R. Burden of Ennis, Texas. She grew up in Ennis and graduated from Ennis High School. She attended Texas Tech University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta and graduated from Baylor University. She married Larry Gardner whom she met in high school. He was a Certified Athletic Trainer for the Miami Dolphins and Coach Don Shula. After retiring from professional football, they moved to Murphy, Texas, north of Dallas. Larry worked as a physical therapist / athletic trainer for the Sports Medicine Clinic of North Texas. During this time Carol began substitute teaching for the Plano ISD. She was then hired as a full-time teacher and was named "Teacher of the Year" in Plano. She received her Masters of Educational Administration from East Texas State University. She was a principal in the PISD for eight years before retiring. A few years later, she was employed by Neiman-Marcus Direct and worked there for 15 years. In July of 2007 ovarian cancer entered her life. She became a member of the Ovarian Cancer Center in Dallas. The support, caring, and love from this group added so much to her life. She also became a Baylor Volunteer visiting gynecologic oncology patients. Surviving Carol is her husband of 45 years, Larry; her daughter, Mimi, and grandchildren, Callie and Collin, of Wylie, Texas; her son, Matt, and his wife, Mistie, and grandchildren Madison, Marlie, Mason and Matthew; her brother, Sonny, and his wife, Nancy. Her family brought so much happiness to her life. The family wishes to thank her caring friends and wonderful healthcare team, Dr. Carolyn Matthews, Dr. Chad Tate, Episcopal Priest Jennifer Holder, the Pastoral Care Staff of Baylor, Dr. Renee Phillips, the members of the Ovarian Cancer Support Group, the Staff of Hob 4 at Baylor, and those with the Cvetko Patient Education Center at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas, for the extraordinary and tender care and friendships made these years. She always said, "Larry and I had such an exciting, happy life filled with love Mimi, Matt and Mistie and my six treasures who were always by my side and forever in my heart." My Star, My Guy, My Tootie Rootie, My Sweet Pea, Mason and Matthew. Carol was one of the authors of "TORCH" (Tales of Remarkable Courageous Hope) Still Burning Brightly! A book written by twenty-six Ovarian Cancer Survivors. In lieu of flowers, Carol requests donations be made to the Shelly McClure Fund at Baylor Hospital. The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 6525 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow at the Burden Family Mausoleum, Myrtle Cemetery, Ennis, Texas at 3 p.m. Tuesday. www.jekeevermortuary.com
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 7, 2010