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Lydia Burr Gardner

Gardner, Lydia Burr "" Lydia Burr Gardner of Winter Park, FL passed away peacefully on May 9, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. Burr and Elizabeth Lewis Burr, and her brother William Lewis Burr. She is survived by her husband John David Terwilliger, and children Christopher Burr Gardner and Elizabeth Gardner Eckbert, and grandchildren Bebe and Courtney Gardner and Haden and Lucy Eckbert. She is also survived by her siblings James Booth Burr, Jr. (Stephanie), Margaret Taylor and Thomas Dudley Burr (Sandra). Lydia graduated from the University of Michigan and she held certificates in the management program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College and the executive leadership program at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She began her career teaching English and drama, became a real estate agent, and later became an executive with a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. Her lifelong desire was politics, honed from her victory as Student Council president at Central High in Grand Rapids, MI. Lydia ran for and was elected three times to the School Board of Orange County and later served as its Chairman. She was elected Orange County Clerk of the Courts for her first of four terms in 2000. In 2008 her office received the Sterling Award for operational excellence awarded by Governor Charlie Crist. She found time to serve on the Domestic Violence Commission, and was an advocate for the mentally ill. Her efforts earned the Central Florida Health Association's Golden Bell Award. Lydia was a board member of the Orlando Science Center and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, where she was Chairman of the Board in 2003. Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, FL on Friday, May 17th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to via The at 1601 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 12, 2013
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