Ella Lorene (Welch) Gardner

Born: Sat., Jan. 31, 1920
Died: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Tue., Jan. 02, 2018
Location: First Christian Church of Ashland

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Jan. 02, 2018
Location: First Christian Church of Ashland

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Ella Lorene Gardner, 97 of Ashland died Wednesday December 27, 2017 at Brookwood Place in

Ashland.  She was born January 31, 1920 in Jackson Twp. the oldest of six children to Kent E. and

Lela Grace (Smith) Welch.  She was a former member of the First Christian Church in Polk, former

member of Rowsburg Lutheran Church and current member of the First Christian Church of Ashland.  

She was a graduate of Polk High School class of 1938, and also graduated from Oberlin Business


She was a former employee of Farmers Bank, Deputy of Ashland Co. Auditors office, Perry Twp. Clerk

and retired as Deputy of Ashland Co. Treasurers Office in 1987.

She volunteered to assist others and was a member of several local clubs and enjoyed attending the

sports activities of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She married William E. Gardner, May 18, 1946 and celebrated 65 years of marriage before his passing

November 8, 2011.

She is survived by 2 sons, William K. (Linda) Gardner of Ashland, Charles (Rebecca) Gardner of

Hayesville and a daughter,  Judy (J. William) Ichord of Vienna, Va, 6 grandchildren, Jennifer (Mitchell)

Hastings, Andrew (Amy) Gardner, Hope (Chance) Van Gundy, Faith (Herman) Huffman, Heather

Ichord and Brian Ichord, 12 great grandchildren, Ryann, Lauren, Rachel, and Alexis Hastings; Lincoln,

Griffin, Bowen and Riggens Gardner; Blaze and Breeze Van Gundy; Saylor Lewis and Grayson

Huffman, numerous nieces and nephews, a brother, Dean (Doris) Welch of Polk, a sister-in-law, Esther

Welch of Polk and a brother-in-law, Dale Gardner of Ashland.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Grace Gardner, Mary

Louise Smith, and Ercel Swindaman, and a brother, Eugene Welch.

Services will be 12:00 Noon Tuesday January 2, 2018 at First Christian Church of Ashland with Pastor

Rich Pate officiating.  Burial will be in Rowsburg Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Ashland 1425 King Rd. Ashland,

OH 44805.

Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family with arrangements.

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Patrica (Welch) Topa
   Posted Thu December 28, 2017
We are so saddened to hear of Aunt Lorene’s passing. Her upbeat, uncomplaining personality has always been admired will be remembered. May fond memories replace feelings of loss as you honor her life. You have our deepest sympathy and condolences. Patrica and John Topa

Kay Troxel Kirk
   Posted Fri December 29, 2017
Dear Gardner Family - I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a sweet lady and I have many fond memories of her growing up in Rowsburg. She made such a positive impression and was a kind person. I know you will miss her greatly. Hold on to the special memories of her to see you through your days ahead.

Melisa Elkins
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
Chuck Gardner and Family, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Thought and prayers to you and your family.

Tom & Sherry Pate
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your mother. She was a wonderful neighbor and member of our church for so many years and I know she will be missed by many many people. So sorry we were not able to attend her services ~

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