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Margaret Gardner

Margaret Sue Wofford Gardner passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Fort Smith. She was born Dec. 27, 1937, in Roland to the late Ira Eugene Wofford and Allie Beatrice Carr. She was preceded in death by the love of her life of 58 years, Oliver “Ollie” Gardner. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy “Dokie” Wood, and brothers, Charles “Cotton” Wofford and Joe Wilson Wofford.

Funeral was Oct. 25 at Edwards Funeral Home with burial at Roland City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie George, Rick and Randy Wood, Ira Wofford, Mike Fouts and Matt Griffin. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Wofford and Dickie and Eric George.

She is survived by two sons, Danny and his wife Karen of Van Buren and Scot of Fayetteville; a granddaughter, Emily Gardner Parks and her husband Devon; a grandson, Connor Gardner; and a sister, Helen “Haney” George and husband Ed of Roland.

Before her retirement, she worked as a secretary/bookkeeper for Piggly Wiggly, Larsen and Wear Construction Co. and The Flower Barn.

She was a member of Crossview Christian Church in Fort Smith where she served as the church librarian. She worked hard to serve others; she drove elderly church members around; she cooked for neighbors, and shared her home-baked bread with friends and family. Recipients of her bread often said that a piece of Sue’s bread would bring peace of mind and heart.

Sue was an active member of the Antiquers Club and loved teaching family and friends the art of antiquing. No one could spot a “good deal” and get it at a bargain price like Sue.

To her nieces and nephews, she was the best aunt, a faithful friend and sometimes a substitute mom. To her grandchildren, who she called, “her precious angel babies” she was a wonderful MiMi who taught them the importance of appreciating old things and elderly people. She taught them to take time to view a beautiful sunset, read a good book or poem and be kind to everyone. To her daughter-in-law, she was a wonderful mother-in-law who taught her how to make a house a home. To her sons, she was a mother who loved and gave them only the best parts of herself.

Memorials may be sent to Crossview Christian Church, 2711 N. Albert Pike, Fort Smith, AR 72904.

To place online tributes, please visit www.edwardsfuneralhome.com.

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