Helen B. Gardner

Helen B. Gardner, 83, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at 12:49 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren.

Mrs. Gardner attended Clear Creek and Lincoln schools, graduating from Huntington High School in 1947 and from Fort Wayne International Business College in 1948. She had worked at various businesses in Huntington, including Schroeder's Drive-In, Woolworth, Sealtest, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and Indiana Bell, as well as the North American Aviation Plant in Englewood, CA.

She was a member of the Etna Avenue Wesleyan Church, where she served in many church offices and taught Sunday school, and worked with the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts.

She was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Livingston County, IL, to Lafayette George and Edna Jones Brennan. She married Max Gardner on Jan. 25, 1950, in Mt. Etna. He preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Matthew Richard Gardner, of Fishers; a daughter, Jan Marie (Jerry) Fitzsimons, of Des Moines, IA; three grandchildren, Sara Jane Jefferson, William Eric (Edna) Jefferson and Lisa Jefferson; three step-grandchildren, Joshua (Jennifer) Fitzsimons, Emily Fitzsimons and Edward Fitzsimons; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling is Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service following at noon, at Deal-Rice Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington. Rev. Tom Bradley will officiate. Burial will be at the Mt. Etna Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Etna Avenue Wesleyan Church in care of Deal-Rice Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.dealricefuneralhomes.com.