Marguerite Clark Gardner
Chad E Poitras Cremation & Funeral Service
498 Long Plains Rd
Buxton, ME
Marguerite Clark Gardner, 78
HOLLIS - Marguerite Clark Gardner, 78, died suddenly on Aug. 2, 2018. She was the daughter of Herman and Gertrude Clark of Saco.
Marguerite was an educator, a mother, a musician, a politician and a public servant. She spent her life improving the lives of others. Her roles as a teacher included helping soldiers en route to Viet Nam to gain their GED and the bond she formed with these young men remained with her for the rest of life. Later she taught English as a second language to immigrants making a new start in the U.S.A. For many years she served the State of Maine in various roles. Working with the mentally ill at the Augusta Mental Health Institute she cared deeply for the patients ensuring that they received proper treatment. During the mid-80s she battled in the Maine Legislature and Senate to restore helmet laws which had been suspended in the 1970s. Her concern for those suffering with brain injury was another lifelong passion.
Later in her career she became a champion for the victims of work related injuries with the Department of Workers Compensation. Traveling all over the State of Maine, sometimes to very remote areas, she went above and beyond the call of duty in her effort to make sure these workers were treated fairly and rehabilitated successfully. She was also responsible for helping the blind to set up snack bars by which means they could help support themselves. In short, her entire working life was centered on benefitting the unfortunate while receiving very little compensation herself.
As the member of a family with a long history in York County, Marguerite had a great interest in local politics and history. She volunteered for the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society helping to restore their facility and promoting events. She served on committees to benefit the community. Marguerite was a lifelong musician having learned to play piano at a very young age and one of her greatest joys was to serve as the pianist for the Buxton Center Baptist Church.
Most importantly Marguerite was a mother and a caring companion. Often was the time that she took those in need into her home for shelter. She worked hard to raise her children and instill in them a sense of honesty and a good work ethic. She felt that it was important to pursue education, broaden one's horizons, and to be a participant in the affairs of the world rather than merely stand by. Marguerite will be deeply missed not only by her family but by her many friends.
Marguerite is survived by her daughter, Beth Gardner of Hollis Center, her son Geoffrey Gardner of North Palm Beach, Fla., her son and daughter-in-law John Gardner and Stephanie Scott of Lady Lake, Fla.; and one grandchild-the apple of her eye-Tessa. She is also survived by her sister, Janet Clark Riedel of Frankfort, Ky., brother-in-law Jesse Philbrick of Saco; several nieces, nephews, their children; and a large number of cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, at the United Baptist Church, 318 Main Street, Saco at 12:30 p.m. with a reception following. Following the reception, a committal service will be held at Highland Cemetery in Dayton for any who wish to attend. Arrangements have been entrusted to
Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service,
Buxton. Online condolence messages can be submitted at the funeral home website,

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Published by Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Aug. 5, 2018.
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United Baptist Church
318 Main Street,, Saco, ME
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Rest In Peace, dear friend. You are missed.
Brenda Haramis
July 30, 2020
I will greatly miss my dear friend of over 73 years.Save room for me and Judy in your next musical production!
Frank Clish
August 10, 2018
My heartfelt sympathys go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope the words in 1 Thessalonians 4 : 14 can bring you some comfort. Knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.
August 8, 2018
a loved one
August 7, 2018
I was sorry to read of Meg's passing, but treasure memories of her as a co-worker and good friend. We met in the 1990's when we both worked for the Maine Workers' Compensation Board in Portland. Meg was an employee Advocate and worked hard supporting her clients and presenting cases
for injured workers. She had a big heart for anyone in need and also opened her doors at home to friends all the time (I was fortunate enough to enjoy many Easter and Thanksgiving dinners at her home in Saco with her children and Clark cousins).

She and I discovered by chance that we'd lived " parallel lives " before meeting. After a WCB conference in Augusta we went to lunch, began talking about having both lived in Augusta in mid '80's and found that we had lived in the same apt- she & son John being the next tenants after I moved to
Portland!! Then we found that she had seriously considered buying the same house in Portland that I ended up owning.

In addition to those connections we enjoyed shopping for bargains at Marden's, sharing garden plants (her globe thistle are currently blooming in my garden), silly gifts I would find for get like a multitude of stuffed Paddington Bears from Goodwill and garden gnomes. Many laughs were shared over the years, probably the best being when daughter Beth planned a surprise 60th birthday party for Meg, but she went out shopping and couldn't be found (despite being paged at Marden's where we all figured she was), all the guests had a good time though and write funny things about her in the guest book! For her 70th birthday no surprise was planned so she did attend, with the kids, many friends and Clark cousins. She also loved music and playing the piano at home or in church. Like the daisy she was named after Meg was always a beautiful delight to the world! Her good spirit and generous nature will be missed.
Heidi Johnson
August 7, 2018
Your Mom will be missed. She was a wonderful school friend to both myself and John. I shall always remember the book in her lap hidden by a desk or tabletop in every class. Never got caught either.
God bless you all.
Brenda Haramis
August 7, 2018
My heartfelt condolences to Beth, Geoffrey and John. Your Mom and I were friends for many years even though we didn't see one another often. When I think of your Mom, I picture her laughing - she had a fun sense of humor and a welcoming heart. I am so very sorry there is no time left to sit down and have a visit with her. I will always cherish the memories we shared. Sending you all love and hugs.
Katherine Morse
August 7, 2018
I am so sad to learn of the loss of Meg. She and I go way back to our days in Herzogenaurach Germany and we had adventures together. She has been a welcomed voice of sanity on Facebook and I was sure she and I would meet up again one of these days. Beth, Geoffrey, John, this is a great loss. I'm truly shocked and sorry. Your Mom will live on in each of you.
love, Karen
karen jasper
August 7, 2018
So sorry to hear of Meg's passing. My condolences to all her family.
Sue Burnell
August 6, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Meg's passing and send my condolences to all of her family. I have known Meg for many years through United Baptist Church. As a family we loved to hear her play the piano. I have admired her so much over the years, we spent a lot of time talking, and in more recent years conversing through Facebook. She left a huge impact on many lives that will be felt for years to come. Rest In Peace, sweet lady.
Mary Hammond
August 5, 2018
My sympathies to Beth Geoffrey & John Meg was a good friend that was always supportive funny and always looking out for me she will be missed
John Hill
August 5, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Marguerite's sudden death. We are cousins and have been friends for a long time. I am just so happy I got to see her at our "cousin reunion" when I was back in Maine last month. It is so sad I will not get to visit with her again in my lifetime. My love to all the family.
Carolyn Bradbury Wight
August 5, 2018
To all the Gardner children, please know how sorry I am to learn of the loss of your dear mom! She was a very special lady. I first got to know her through UBC when she was the high bidder for the paint a room donation I made for our Royal Family Kids Camp auction fundraiser. I spent several days at her house painting her back sun room that happy bright yellow! In that short time we talked non stop and became fast friends. Her outlook on life no matter what was thrown at her was as sunny as that room! Please accept my very deepest sympathy!
Amy Robinson
August 5, 2018
Meg was a very lovely lady.She will be sadly missed by all!
Mary Wallace
August 5, 2018
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