Clara Helen Gardner, age 88, of Gary passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at Methodist Hospital Southlake, Merrillville, IN. Clara was born March 23, 1928 in Itta Bena, MS to Robert and Elnora Perkins. After the death of her mother,Clara moved to Gary at an early age and was raised by her sister & brother-in-law, Daisy and Sandy Harper. Clara graduated from Roosevelt High School in the class of 1947 and was on the cheerleading squad. After graduating high school, she attended Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Clara was married to David Gardner Sr. from December 1949 until his passing in 2005. From this union a son David Jr. was born. Clara was the youngest of nine siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. Clara joined First A.M.E. Church under Rev. John E. Hunter and was a member of the Missionary Society. She was an active member until her illness slowed her down. Clara leaves to cherish her memory, her son David Gardner Jr. and wife Robin of Country Club Hills, IL; granddaughters, Mya Gardner of Gary, IN; Alvianka McLemore, Memphis, TN and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Clara's memorial service will be held at First A. M. E. Church, Gary, IN on Thursday February 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.