Gladys Hancock Gardner, a former 40 year resident of Colorado Springs, died in Moab, Utah May 17, 2013. She was 93 years old. The daughter of Florence Powell Hancock and Cecil Ulric Hancock was born July 31, 1919 in Sebree, Kentucky and grew up in West Frankfort, Illinois. Gladys' college education was interrupted by a job offer from the Navy Dept. in 1940. A naval employee, Orville Kenneth (Ken) Gardner in September 1941 arranged through a mutual acquaintance a luncheon date with Gladys. By that Christmas they were engaged; on April 12, 1942 they were wed in the small chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea in the National Cathedral of Washington DC. After the Pearl Harbor attack in Dec. 1941, Ken was on active duty in the Army. The military life lead them to Colorado Springs in 1958 when Ken was stationed at Ent AFB. In 1998 they moved to Moab, UT to live with their daughter, Suzanne. Gladys had a love of history and family, which resulted in the love of genealogy. She was a member of Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC) and DAR (Zebulon Pike Chapter). In 1997 Gladys was presented an award for volunteering 30 years in the Pikes Peak Library Districts genealogy area. Gladys was a loving woman. She was an inspiration to her children, her nieces and nephews, and people she was in contact with. Gladys is survived by son Dr. KennCorwin Hancock Gardner (Trina) of Wilmington, DE; two daughters, Suzanne Gardner Stengel (Tom) of Moab, UT and Barbara Elaine Gardner of Boulder, CO; one grandson, Charles Badal Gardner of NC; granddaughters Florence Tegan Gardner of Philadelphia, PA, Tracy Jean Gardner of Boulder, CO, Denise Leah Walker (Rob) of Greeley, CO, Rebecca Lynn Stengel of Paris, France, and Jamie Stengel Clausen (Ron) of Boise, ID; great grandson Connor Kennedy Gardner of NC; sister Sue Norovich (Bill) of Gardendale, AL, and brother Jerry Hancock (Astrid) of Tucson, AZ. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, parents, sister Vera Harper and brother James Hancock. There will be a graveside ceremony at Chapel of Our Saviour's columbarium on August 3 at 10:30. Donations be made to the Scholarship Fund at St. Francis Episcopal Church, PO Box 96, Moab, UT 84532.
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Published in The Gazette on July 31, 2013