In Memory

Donna Hodges (Gardner) - Class Of 1961

Donna Hodges (Gardner)

Donna Gardner of Lafayette and formerly of Delphi passed away on May 23, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. at IU Health in Lafayette.

Donna was born on Jan. 19, 1943 in Indianapolis to the late Floyd and Margaret (Dowdell) Hodges.

She was a 1961 graduate of Delphi High School.

Her first marriage was to Bill Gardiner and they divorced in 1970. Her 2nd marriage was to Thomas R. Gardner on March 7, 1974 in Lafayette and he survives.

Donna worked at MBAH Insurance for over 15 years. She also had been employed for 21 years as a special needs bus driver for Lafayette School Corporation.

She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, Elks Ladies Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary, - all in Lafayette and Carroll County Order of the Eastern Star.

Donna enjoyed collecting green depression glass, poodles, school buses, and watching Purdue sports. She loved golfing and spending time with her golfing friends, Delphi friends, and bus driver friends, traveling and spending time with her family

Along with her husband, Tom Gardner, she is survived by her children: Kathleen Brinlee (husb: Steve) of Independence, OR, Jeff Gardiner of Pembroke Pines, FL, Kristine Gardiner and Marissa Gardner both of Lafayette; step-daughters: Sherri DesEnfants, Michelle Harner (husb: Brian), and Nicole Sanders (husb: Brett) all of Lafayette; brother: James Robert "Bob" Hodges (wife: Rita) of Panama City, FL; grandchildren: Dakota, Becky, Dylan, Amanda, Alisha, Drew, Alex, Breanna, Ryan, Todd, Haley, Emily, and Dustin; great grandchildren: Malakai, Jada, Evan, Eli, Noah, Kile, and Kaleb; her dogs: Kami and Kali. She was preceded by her parents and grandson, Derek Merrell.

Viewing will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Davidson Funeral Home. Services will be there at 11:00 a.m. on Wed., May 29, 2013 with Pastor Micah Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Association.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from May 25 to May 26, 2013