Courtney Michelle (Herren) Gardner
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Born April 29, 1984, Dallas, Texas and departed June 14, 2013 near her home in Slough, England. Courtney left behind her husband, Paul Gardner, sons Theodore Graham Maxwell Gardner (22 months), and Oscar Courtney Herren Gardner (2 days) of Slough; parents Gregory and Debra Herren; brothers Jacob and David Herren; grandparents Richard and Gisela Herchenroeder and Josie Herren, all of Springfield, Missouri; parents-in-law Brian and Stephanie Gardner; brothers and sisters-in-law Fatima-Catherine and Atha Elahi, Laura, Martin, Annabelle, Edel, Benedict, Liam and Felicity Gardner, all of London area; as well as many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Courtney was preceded in death by her grandparents Jeanne Herchenroeder, Norm Herren, Neety and Curt Wolking; and her Uncle Col. Gary Herchenroeder and "Uncle" David Capp.
Courtney's was a purposeful life, well-lived and devoted to her family and in service to others. Courtney graduated from Logan-Rogersville High School and William Jewell College, spending her junior year at Cambridge University where she met the love of her life, Paul Gardner, and they were married in 2007. They lived and worked in Bristol and Slough, England and served 18 months working for Volunteer Service Overseas in the Gambia, Africa. Courtney also established a successful photography business and volunteered for Slough Food Bank.
Courtney made the most of every moment as a wife and mom, teaching Theodore how to express joy, sorrow, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness - treasures that will remain with him. She appreciated the simplest and the finest things in life and strived to make the simplest things seem like the finest. Courtney was a believer with the Lord, is deeply loved and will be well missed by her family and a multitude of friends.
Courtney was buried in Aylesbury, England on June 29th. A celebration memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, July 20, at Glendale Christian Church in Springfield, MO.
In lieu of flowers, a fund for her sons has been established: The Courtney Herren Gardner Memorial Fund, Empire Bank, PO Box 3397 Springfield, MO 65808. Courtney's family is grateful for the outpouring of love, providence and prayers.
Published in the News-Leader on July 7, 2013