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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Joyce Gardner
March 2, 1924 - June 24, 2022

Place of Birth: Wilberton, Kansas
Residence: Punta Gorda, FL formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 98



Vena “Joyce” Gardner, 98, of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly Williston, ND, passed away on June 24, 2022. She was born on March 2, 1924 in Wilburton, KS. She was a woman of faith, a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Williston, ND and attended the 1st United Methodist Church in Punta Gorda.

Joyce married Homer W. Smith in Kinsley, Kansas in 1944. She was the first full time female employee of Cross Mfg. in Lewis. She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and as a 4-H and Cub Scout leader. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and spent hours sewing for her daughters and the dolls.

In 1967 they moved to Williston, ND. She was the secretary to the Dean at UND-W (now Williston State College) and answered the phone and became the friendly voice of the college. She was honored with an “Outstanding Faculty and Staff” Award and a “Teton Boosters” Plaque. She loved watching basketball. She also loved singing, joining the Sweet Adeline’s group which went as far as Great Britain to sing and tour.

Family and friends were a top priority. She loved inviting people over for food which would be followed by fun and games. Joyce was the youngest of six girls. They kept in touch over the years with reunions and a “Round Robin” chain letter.

Joyce will be missed by her three children, Thomas (Tom) W. Smith (Sharon) of Moline, IL, Beverly Hendrickson and Darlene Sheffield both of Punta Gorda. She has 7 grandchildren, as well as many great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Homer W. Smith and her second husband, Gerald Q. Gardner, her parents, Lester A. Gerkin and Bertha M. (Toliver)Gerkin, a grandson, Brock W. Clavadetscher, her sisters and a niece and several nephews.

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Wendy Johnson (Williston, ND)
Jul 6, 2022
I was with the group of Sweet Adelines that made the trip to Great Britain years ago. She was always so cheerful and fun to be around! Sadly, I had lost touch with so many of the friends made on that trip, but the memories live on! God Bless the memory of Joyce Smith Gardner!
Craig and Jill Gardner (Oakridge, OR)
Aug 5, 2022
Joyce was a blessed addition to the Gardner family.
Her constant loving care of our Dad was so much appreciated and we love her for that and the many happy memories they shared in their time together.
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