Doris S. Gardner, beloved mother, grandmother, and wife, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 26, after a valiant two and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her and were loved by her. Doris graduated from the University of South Carolina and began her teaching career in her beloved south. She met and married the love of her life, Art McKay Gardner. In 1960, Doris and Art moved to California; she recently celebrated fifty years in her Palm Springs' home. Doris Gardner taught English at Palm Springs High School from 1965 to 1996. She was an amazing teacher who encouraged her students to strive for excellence. Doris had a passion for her subjects, and she had a remarkable way of making literature come alive in her classroom. She served as English Department Chair, CSF advisor, and Decathlon coach for many years. She was teacher of the year several times, and Doris Gardner was honored to be inducted into the Wall of Fame at PSHS in 2012. After retirement, Doris found happiness in gardening flowers and in solving puzzles; she adored restoring the ancestral home in South Carolina. Her greatest joy was her family; she gave each of her children and grandchildren a wonderful sense of belonging and acceptance. Doris is survived by her son Art (Barbara) Gardner Jr. of Palm Desert, daughter Melanie (Steve) Nickle of Orem, Utah; and daughter, Lucinda Gardner, of Palm Springs. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Melissa, Jonathan, Alexander, Justin, Braden, and Bryson. She is survived by daughter-in-law Barbara's children: Paul (Diana) Burak, Brian (Rachel) Burak, and Heather (Derrick) Siani. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to all her caretakers: Dr. John Ninos, Dr. Andrew Fragen, Dr. Amy Hakim, and Dr. Luke Dreisbach; she also adored her "angels" at the Dreisbach Oncology office. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Tuesday, November 26, at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Palm Springs.
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Published in The Desert Sun from Oct. 31 to Nov. 25, 2013