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Marion Joyce Marquardson Gardner

Marion Joyce Marquardson Gardner born 12 April 1924 Elsinore, Utah died 27 September 2015, St. George, Utah.
Joyce, I suppose, was feisty from birth until her passing. In her 91.5 years she managed to see large pieces of the world beginning with the Inside Passage of Alaska as a very young woman at a time few traveled this path. She saw North and South America, Europe, Asia, and India relishing each country and experiencing food and meeting citizens of the world. Unafraid of climbing a Mayan temple, flying over Nasca, or entering subterranean trenches of Vietnam, Joyce was curious to the last. She instilled that curiosity in all her children.
In 1949 she married Schuyler "Slick" M. Gardner, who predeceased her in 2006. They were married 57 years. Their three children, Donald (Amy), Kathy (Steven), and Jeannie (Raul) loved them both dearly. Joyce is survived by her grandchildren Graham (Michala), Jennifer (James), Katie (Alex), Brian (Lauren), Christopher (Erynn), and Lauren. Her great-grandchildren are: Amelia and Brooklyn and one Redmon on the way.
Joyce loved volunteering time to the South Coast Botanic Gardens, explaining birds and plants to visitors. She was active in her church, expending devoted hours in the Relief Society. An avid reader, Joyce loved word games and puzzles which kept her mind strong to the end. She, in addition to birds, had interest in geography and the world around her. Her travels continued as a widow from Zambezi, to Poland, to Israel, to Italy and at 90 she celebrated her birthday with her children in Solvang recalling her Danish heritage. Joyce had lived much of her life in Torrance, California with the past year in assisted living facilities in St. George, Utah near her daughter Jeannie and son-in-law.
Joyce's wonderful wit was legendary, quipping and acerbic to the very last moments. She began a brief six-day illness, dying peacefully at 10:15 MDT. Her family was with her until the end. We will greatly miss her.
As a matriarch Viking, Joyce asked to be cremated with her ashes to be deposited in beautiful spots she had visited or planned to visit around the globe. Some ashes will be interred with a memorial service yet to be determined alongside her husband at Green Hills in San Pedro, California. The day of her passing seemed specially marked as the heavens celebrated a rare lunar eclipse while we noted her extraordinary and full life. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2015
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