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Monday, November 5, 2018

DL F/A Marty Gardner, wife of DL Capt. Jim Gardner

~ IN MEMORY ~
DL F/A Marty Gardner, wife of DL Capt. Jim Gardner
January 6, 1934 ~ October 30, 2018
 
Please visit the online tribute and photo gallery for Marty at 
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
 
From: David L. Roberts Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:39 PM  Subject: DEATH of Mrs. James B. 'Marty' Gardner

CARES AND CONCERNSThank you to retired Delta Captain James B. Gardner for sending the sad news of the death of his dear wife Margaret 'Marty' Gardner, 84.  Margaret was a retired Delta Flight Attendant, a published author, a business woman and a loving wife who loved to travel with Jim, mostly on their motorcycle.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Captain Jim and family at 3371 Turtle Lake DR, Marietta, GA 30067, (706) 782-5359 or his email address below.  Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Dave

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Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 From: "mailforjim@yahoo.com" To: "David L. Roberts" <robertsdl@mindspring.com>,
       
I have the bad news to report my little Marty has  passed away. She fought the good fight but Alzheimer's won at the end. At least she died at  peace in bed. I am going to really miss  her.
You both do a wonderful service to the Pilots and Flight Attendants and we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
Would you place this obituary on your respective web sites ?
I would like all her friends to know.

My deepest thanks
Jim



MARGARET 'MARTY' GARDNER
Margaret Gardner (Marty) passed away October 30, 2018. Marty was born in Greenville Mississippi on January 6, 1934. Shortly after birth she and her family moved to Texas. While there she attended Texas Tech collage. A stewardess career looked good to her and she was accepted by Delta Airlines. Marty flew five years before a move to Atlanta. She met Jim Gardner at a square dance and was married a short time later. Marty was active in the community and did volunteer work with battered women. She started Derma Clinic, a skin care business to teach new aesthetician’s in the beauty trade.
Marty participated in the Ms. Senior Georgia contest and won Miss Congeniality twice and really enjoyed her life. After the pageant she joined the Dazzling Dames. This is a group of senior ladies who perform a variety show at nursing homes, churches and other events. She got great pleasure in this endeavor. 
She loved to ride on the back seat of a motorcycle with her husband and rode  over 150,000 miles in Nova Scotia,  Key West, Washington state, New Zealand, as well as the European Alps and many states.
A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Mays Ward Dobbins funeral home in Marietta Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 4:00 PM
There will be a short reception following the service for all who would like to attend. The internment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Georgia Monday, November 5, 2018 for immediate family.
Surviving family are her son Butch Ruffin of Lebanon, Tennessee and her daughter Reggie Ruffin of Marietta, Georgia where she spent the last remaining days being lovingly cared for.
 In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Alzheimer’s research.
We are all going to miss Little Marty and heaven just received a wonderful addition.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Sue Zino < dcw@memberclicks-mail.net>  Date: October 30, 2018 
Subject: Passing of DCW member Marty Gardner
 
We regret to inform you of the passing of Marty Williams Ruffin Gardner (FA class 11/01/1954).  Marty was a DCW member for 46 years and served as DCW President 1973-1974.
 
I have included an email from her husband, Jim, and her obituary below.  Service arrangements are included in the obituary. 
 
Please keep Marty's family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.
 
Address for Jim: 3371 Turtle Lake Dr., Marietta, GA 30067-5091 | mailforjim@yahoo.com
 
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From: Jim Gardener <mailforjim@yahoo.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 3:55 PM
Subject: Marty Gardner passing
 
I have the bad news to report, my little Marty has passed away.  She fought the good fight, but Alzheimer's won at the end.  At least she died at peace in bed.  I am going to really miss her.
 
Would you please place this obituary on your website?  I would like all her friends to know.
 
My deepest thanks.
Jim
 
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Obituary
 
Margaret Gardner (Marty) passed away October 30, 2018.  Marty was born in Greenville, MS on January 6, 1934.  Shortly after birth she and her family moved to Texas.  While there, she attended Texas Tech college.  A stewardess career looked good to her and she was accepted by Delta Air Lines in 1954.  Marty flew five years before a move to Atlanta.  She met Jim Gardner at a square dance and was married a short time later.  Marty was active in the community and did volunteer work with battered women.  She started Derma Clinic, a skincare business to teach new aestheticians in the beauty trade. 
 
Marty participated in the Ms. Senior Georgia contest and won Miss Congeniality twice and really enjoyed her life.  After the pageant she joined the Dazzling Dames which is a group of senior ladies who perform a variety show at nursing homes, churches and other events.  She got great pleasure in this endeavor. 
 
She loved to ride on the back seat of a motorcycle with her husband and rode over 150,000 miles in Nova Scotia, Key West, Washington state, New Zealand, as well as the European Alps and many states.
 
A service to celebrate her life will be held at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3rd at 4:00pm.  Address: 180 Church St., Marietta, GA 30060 | (770) 428.1511
 
There will be a short reception following the service for all who would like to attend.  The internment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Monday, November 5th for immediate family. 
 
Surviving family are her son, Butch Ruffin of Lebanon, TN and her daughter, Reggie Ruffin of Marietta, GA, where she spent the last remaining days being lovingly cared for. 

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