In loving memory of

Mary B. Gardner
January 16, 1921 - May 5, 2019

Mary (nee Bishop) Gardner, age 98, formerly of Flourtown and North Wildwood, NJ, died peacefully on Sunday May 5, 2019 at the Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, her loving family at her side.

Born in Philadelphia, Mary was the daughter of the late Russell J. and Mary Catherine (nee Housechild) Bishop.

Mary was a graduate of Springfield High School, Class of 1940. She was a dedicated homemaker, and loved spending time with her family, especially summering at their home in North Wildwood. Mary was most happy when spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, James H. Gardner, Jr in 2007. She is the devoted mother of James H. Gardner, III and his wife Tish, of Horsham. She is the dear grandmother of Christen Lee Hemphill (Lyle) of Winston Salem, NC and Paul James Gardner (Erin) of North Wales. She is the great-grandmother of Izabella, Lyla, Georgia and Olivia Hemphill.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at the Artman Lutheran Home Chapel, 250 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler,PA 19002 followed by Mary's Memorial Service at 4:00 PM with Pastor Ghsilaine Cotnoir officiating. Interment will be private.

Donations in Mary's memory to the Artman Benevolent Care Fund, 250 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 would be appreciated by the family.

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Greg Rowe wrote on May 12, 2019:

"Jay and Tish, I am so sorry to hear that Mary passed away recently. Needless to say, I have the fondest memories of her (and Jim) as my neighbors in Flourtown as a very young kid growing up. As a 5 year old, I still remember taking my wagon over to her yard to help her with yard work. She had a huge American Sweet Gum Tree (I think I have the right species of tree) in her back yard and she would rake those prickly walnuts that would drop into a pile that I would put my wagon. My reward was usually butter cookies if I remember correctly :) I'm sure I probably made the whole process longer but she always had a smile and I loved her unique laugh. Nothing was better as a kid. My family's yearly visit to Ocean City always included a stop over to Wildwood to see her (and Jim), where laughter and jokes were always common place. Hitting the beach by day, hoagies and sitting on their picnic tables as the sun went down and hitting the boardwalk by night. And a little fishing every now and then with Jim if the tide was right. You had great parents that treated me like a grandson growing up and I will miss them dearly. I always enjoyed talking to my parents after they would visit Mary to see how she was doing. Again, so sorry for your loss. Greg - son of Alan and Joanne Rowe "

Dan and Rita O'Hara wrote on May 9, 2019:

"Jim and Tish, We were so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. Her positive attitude and delightful sense of humor made all those who came in contact with her a happier person. Rita and I always looked forward to dining with her during our stay at Artman. Mary was an inspiration for Rita and would always make Rita smile. We'll always remember Mary, especially when we're having pepperoni pizza! God Bless! "

Sam Pound wrote on May 9, 2019:

"She was a wonderful woman, I will miss her dearly."