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Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Gard

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Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Gard Obituary
BARRY, Ill.-- Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Gard, 96, of Barry, passed away Friday (July 4, 2014) at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.

Betty was born in Pittsfield on June 16, 1918, a daughter of Arthur Henderson and Esta Adella Aiken Davis. She lived most of her life in Barry and the New Canton area and had lived on the Gard Family Farm until the fall of 2013.

Betty graduated from Barry High School and always excelled in music, especially the piano and violin. She continued her education attending Gem City Business College, earning a certificate in shorthand and stenography. That's where she met William Truman "Bill" Gard whom she married on July 1, 1939. She and Bill lived a short time in Peoria where she worked for Caterpillar Inc. Betty also worked in the finance department for the state of Illinois, and then World War II broke out. She followed Bill to Tinker Field Air Force Base near Oklahoma City for a short time where she worked at the capitol and as a waitress.

Betty was a 50-year member of the New Canton Chapter 215, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Ansarettes Auxiliary of the Ansar Shrine in Springfield. She was also a member of a local bridge club and active in community events and organizations during her younger years.

For 18 years, she worked in the office of the Sny Drainage District and played an important part in getting the local history book, "The Sny Story," published after her late husband started it. Betty loved music, entertaining locally by playing piano solos and with small groups, as well as with Bill on the banjo. Betty had a flair for hosting parties, especially at the cabin on the Mississippi, and was known as a great cook, receiving many compliments for her Barry Apple Festival-award winning apple pie. She had a great sense of humor and was a good friend to many. Betty was a devoted wife, doting mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Elaine and husband, John Leeper, of Texas; a son, Curtis and wife, Sherry Gard, of New Canton; a granddaughter, Lisa and husband, Berry Adams; a grandson, Gard and wife, Tracie Leeper; two great-granddaughters, Amanda Elaine and Natalie Elizabeth Adams; a great-grandson, Jack William Gard Leeper; Nancy Dee Davis and Lynn M. Isaacson of Peoria; a dear cousin, Truman Cashman; great-nieces, Jill Cashman Bollman, Mary Lou Cashman Johnsurd, Cindy Cashman, Debbie Cashman and Terry Lee Hosick; and great-nephews, Mike Cashman, Dana Hubbell, Tracy Eugene Hubbell and Warren Frank Hubbell.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, in 1995; a brother, Estil Davis; and a half-brother, Lee Davis.

SERVICES: 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry, with Becky Clark officiating. Burial win be in Shearer Cemetery.

VISITATION: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday with Eastern Star services at 1:45 p.m. conducted by the Pittsfield Order of the Eastern Star No. 195.

MEMORIALS: Shearer Cemetery Association, American Red Cross, or American Banjo Museum in care of the Niebur Funeral Chapel, 629 Mortimer St., Barry, IL 62312.

ARRANGEMENTS: Niebur Funeral Chapel, Barry.

WEBSITE: www.nieburfh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from July 10 to July 12, 2014
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