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Lois "Loie" Gardner

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Lois "Loie" Gardner Obituary
LOIS "LOIE" GARDNER "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." -Oscar Wilde Lois "Loie" Gardner Ardell, 87, of Chico, passed peacefully surrounded by love and family on May 26, 2015 in Paradise, CA. Loie was born on her family's farm in rural Cohocton, NY to the late Marion and Henry Gardner. She was educated at SUNY Geneseo and worked as a librarian on Long Island as a young woman. In 1951, she married Richard Ardell and they had three beloved daughters together. As a family they moved all around the US and even lived a time in Costa Rica. In 1980, Loie moved out on her own, reevaluated her career and became an innkeeper in Pacific Grove and then San Francisco. Loie blossomed during this time into the independent, open-minded, graceful spirit she is remembered for. She always had an unwavering thirst for knowledge and self-improvement. Loie loved being surrounded by family, going on picnics, bird watching, tending her garden, and sewing. She could often be seen at local art events, farmers markets and at the downtown Chico peace vigil on Saturday afternoons holding her embroidered peace flag on the corner and wearing her trademark handmade denim cap. Loie is survived by her sister, Elaine (Jack) Burnett of Atlanta, GA; her brother George Gardner of Cohocton, NY; her beloved daughters Elaine (Richard) Osburn of Lafayette, IN; Danelle Ardell (Joe Takach) of Pittsburgh, PA; and Wendy Ardell (Greg Fritsch) of Paradise, CA; her grandchildren Carrie Fritsch (Forrest Frenzel) of Paradise, CA; Merlyn (Desiree) Kushner of Austin, TX; Owen Feigel and Anna Feigel (Ron Shoemaker) of Lafayette, IN; her great-granddaughters Bradshaw and Meyer Kushner of Austin, TX. Friends are invited to join us on Saturday, May 30, 12:30-1:30 at Fifth and Main for a memorial peace vigil then may call at Loie's home from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for rememberance gatherings with the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway Street, Chico, CA 95928. http://chico-peace.org/. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Butte County Home Health and Hospice for their support in her final days.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 29, 2015
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