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My (other, last) grandmother passed away this week.

Madge Meredith Gardiner, 97, of Morristown Manor in Morristown, Ind., formerly of Carmel, Ind., and Shelbyville, Ind., died Wednesday, April 5, 2006.

Born Feb. 14, 1909, in Chanute, Kan., she was the daughter of E.T. and Mabel Alice Robertson Blackwood. On June 2, 1934, she married George Gardiner. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Gardiner taught first grade at Perkins Elementary School for 21 years.

She was a graduate of Parsons College in Fairfield and did graduate work at Drake University, Northeast Missouri State College and Western Illinois University. She was a member of DAR, a charter member of Abidah Circle of King's Daughters, Alpha Kappa and a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Burlington.

Survivors include one daughter, Lynne Brooks of Shelbyville; two sons, Larry Gardiner of Lincoln, Calif., and Don Gardiner of Bloomington, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.

Her body has been donated to the Indiana School of Medicine.

A memorial service for Mrs. Gardiner will be at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 5.

A memorial has been established for Grace United Methodist Church.

The Hawk Eye Newspaper.

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