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Jewell Gardner loved her Lord Jesus, her husband, her children, her family, church family and her friends.  She gave of her life with priorities based on these loves.


Jewell Joyce was born on a small family farm near rural Boston, Missouri.  There she played with sisters Irma Lee, Jean, Annetta and brother, Floyd and made a home with mother Leah Arner Joyce and H.F. Cap Joyce.  Floyd Joyce, alone, survives his sisters and parents.  In addition to her immediate family, Jewell was blessed growing up next door to her cousin and lifelong best friend, Ferne Brown Roberts.


Jewell was a majorette in high school and graduated from Lamar at age 16 having been promoted rapidly through elementary years.  At age 17, Jewell gained her teaching certification from Southwest Baptist College.  After completing one year of teaching, Jewell met her lifelong love, John Gardner.  They were married when Jewell was 18 and devotedly lived with one another for 68 years.


Jewell was active in many community endeavors and organizations throughout her married life.  Initially she was active in teaching areas and Cub Scout work in the First Christian Church, Parsons, Kansas.  Later, upon relocating to Lamar, she served in many areas: heading the Blood Mobile program for a number of years; leading on the Sheltered Workshop Board; donating time to the Hospital Auxiliary, the Barton County Mental Health Board, the United Fund Board and other community efforts.  Jewell was recognized for her leadership by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Lamar as their “Woman of the Year.”


She was a very gracious lady, made many friends, was always interested in people and wrote frequent letters and notes of encouragement to people in need or in bereavement.  Jewell also used her writing skills as Social Editor for the Daily Democrat and recorded many club meetings for the newspaper.


Jewell also gave herself to young people at the Christian Church organizing Vacation Bible School, Children’s Choir, serving at Cyokamo Church Camp and teaching youth in Sunday School for many years.  She reached out to adults in her church, filling the position of Funeral Dinner Director and establishing the Sunny Corner Sunday School Class for adults with special needs.


Although Jewell was able to lead, her greatest joy was in serving.  Planting a large garden, it was her delight to take abundant produce to the less fortunate or aged in the community.  For years she volunteered at the Lamar Nursing Home assisting the residents each week in Bible Study time, singing and crafts.


Jewell is survived by her husband John Gardner and aforementioned brother, Floyd Joyce of Greenfield.  Also surviving are three children: Dr. John Gardner and wife, Debbie of Columbia, Mo; Debbie Fast and husband, Dr. Delton Fast, of Nevada, Mo; Susie Gardner Graham of Lamar, Mo.  Jewell was also blessed to have nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren which she loved dearly.


Visitation will be 6 to 7 pm Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Daniel Funeral Home.


Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, May 6, 2010 at Lamar First Christian Church.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until service time in the church fellowship hall.  Burial will be at Lake Cemetery.


Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church Building Fund in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#10 Douglas, WyomingPam Rohlff Wright 2010-05-14 18:50
John and family,
My mother, Allene Rohlff, nee Eckles, and myself would like to send our condolences to the family of Jewell. Mrs. Gardner was a cousin to my mother, Allene. I met both John and Jewell at my parents 50th wedding anniversary back in July, 1993. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be with you all during this time.
#9 Topeka KansasKaren Roeder 2010-05-14 12:42
To the entire Gardner family: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Jewell. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time of your life. She will always be with you with all the memories you shared with her. You will never lose them. May God keep you strong during this difficult time.
#8 Boiling Springs, PAScott and Karla Walters Brow 2010-05-13 13:02
Debbie -- We were saddened by your mother's passing. I'm sure everyone in the family will miss her very much. May the good memories bring everyone closer.
I still remember your mother's kindness to me when we were little girls. And the way she loved those first summer tomatoes!
#7 Mesa, AZRejeana Zinn Barker 2010-05-07 18:44
Jewell was a good friend of my parents, and was also a special person to me as I was growing up in Lamar. After I was an adult she continued to stay in touch and wrote such lovely, encouraging notes. She had a gift for saying just the right things to people, and I truly believe that she meant every kind word she said. I know your family will miss her terribly, and you have my sincere condolences.
#6 Newnan (Atlanta) GeorgiaKent Gardner 2010-05-07 08:51
My beloved Aunt Jewell. How I will miss her kind words each time I am able to visit back home.
While she is rejoicing and worshiping our Lord Jesus, I'm sure I will be able to hear "Go Cardinals" in the background. :-)
May Uncle John and all others continue the "Good Race" so we can all rejoice together in eternity.
Good by Aunt Jewell; see you soon.
#5 Cairo, MOGene and Hazel Jaecques and Fa 2010-05-07 08:06
Jewell was the sweetest, most loving person we have ever met. We give thanks for Jewell and appreciate all the kindness and love she has given our daughter, Debbie. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
#4 Lamar, MOMatt Brown Family 2010-05-05 12:26
We are very sorry for your loss. It is very clear that Jewell was greatly loved, will be sorely missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
#3 Nevada, MODick and Terri Meyers 2010-05-04 09:46
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May your beautiful memories bring you comfort during this time.
#2 Mission, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2010-05-03 11:17
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a very nice person and I know you will miss her greatly. Your family is in my prayers.
#1 LamarAnn Kelley 2010-05-03 04:11
You are in our prayers. God loves you and will carry you through this time of pain.


Mike and Ann Kelley

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