AVON - Yvonne Newton Gardner, 90, of Avon, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, March 18, 2012 in the New Life Hospice of St. Joseph, Lorain, Ohio following a brief illness. She was born to the late Margaret (nee: Minter) and Lanty Johnson on August 9, 1921 in Jodie, West Virginia. Mrs. Gardner moved from Huntington, West Virginia to Ohio in 1958; she settled in Lorain in 1962 and later made her home in Avon. She was a member of the Church of the Open Door, Elyria, Ohio. Mrs. Gardner enjoyed caring for her flower garden. She collected lighthouses. Mrs. Gardner is survived by her sons, The Rev. Randolph L. (Paula) Newton, of Byron, Illinois and Jim (Leslie) Newton, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, her daughters, Pamela S. Newton, of Wilmington, North Carolina and Ruth A. (Jack) Donnelly, of Lorain, her brother, Donald Minter and her sister Nona Irby, of Huntington, West Virginia; step-sons, Donald (Jeanne) Gardner, Douglas (Joyce) Gardner, all of Wellington; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gardner was preceded in death by her husbands, Dillon R. Newton in 1969, Edward Heikila in 1980 and George E. Gardner in 2006. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, March 19, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Walter A. Frey Funeral Home, 700 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44052. Funeral services will be in the funeral home on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. with The Rev. Randolph L. Newton officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Wallace Funeral Home and Chapel, 1159 Central, Barboursville, West Virginia where funeral services will be Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Barboursville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Open Door Christian School, 8287 West Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035. Online condolences to www.freyfuneralhome.com.