Priscilla Adoracion (Alcano) Gardner
Priscilla Adoracion (Alcano) Gardner, a long-time resident of Endicott, passed away on the evening of October 31, 2009 after a months-long battle with cancer. Priscilla was born in Argao, a small, rural town on the island of Cebu, Philippines. She attended the University of San Carlos and the Southern Islands Nursing School, both in Cebu City and upon completion of her nursing training, was one of the highest scorers in the Philippines' nursing licensure exams. Priscilla became both a Canadian and American citizen as she worked for decades as a registered nurse in Cebu, Montreal, and here locally in the emergency rooms of Wilson Hospital and Binghamton General Hospital, and most recently at UMA Medicenter in Endicott. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and an avid tennis player, golfer, recreational gardener, and world traveler. Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, Severro Aswe Alcano and Emiliana Carreon Alcano of Argao. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dr. Clark P. Gardner, her mother-in-law, R. Vera Gardner of Maine, NY, her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Priscilla Gardner and Michito Kawai of Honolulu, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael Winfield Gardner and Maria Renele Planas-Gardner of the US territory of Saipan, and two infant granddaughters, Hana Rebecca Kawai and Anja Mari Planas-Gardner. She is also survived by her three brothers, Vicente, Ricardo, and Geoffrey Alcano, and her one sister, Flor Minerva Alcano, all of whom continue to reside in the Philippines. In addition, Priscilla leaves behind several cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws living throughout the United States and around the globe. The Gardner family would like to express its gratitude to the staff members of both Broome Oncology and Wilson Hospital's South Tower 5 for their outstanding care over the past few months.
There will be a Mass held in her memory on Saturday, November 7, 11 AM at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 306 Odell Avenue on Endicott's north side. Before her death, Priscilla had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The American Cancer Society
) and or to Oxfam International's Campaign (www.oxfam.org.uk
) to assist victims of recent typhoons and floods in the Philippines.