Obituary: GARDNER, RETA

Published: Monday, Sept. 1 2014 6:17 p.m. MDT

Reta Gardner1930 ~ 2011Our beautiful loving Mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, Reta Whetman Gardner passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the age of 81 due to complications of pneumonia. She was born in Riverton, Utah to George E. and Leici Page Whetman on April 6, 1930. A move to Draper early in her life served as the focal point for her childhood. Reta married the love of her life, David Bradford Gardner June 30, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with four children who loved her dearly. She and Brad made their home in Sandy Utah where she lived until her passing. Reta is survived by Brad, her four children, Julie (Lewis) Quigley, Paula (Guy) Fugal, Beverly (Karl) Edmunds, and Michael (Amie) Gardner. She leaves a legacy of 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Leici (Tom)Webb, brothers Kent (Mary), Page (Linda) Whetman, and sisters in law Velora and Jean Whetman. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Phil and Galen Whetman, and sisters Beverly Whetman, and Glora Walker. Reta touched the lives of people in so many profound ways. Christ was the example for her life and the gospel of Jesus Christ was her foundation for all decisions. Her life was an expression of selfless love filled events with an underlying desire to bring happiness, consolation or peace to everyone she met.Her granddaughters will treasure their date nights with grandma. They were nights filled with lasting memories. She never failed to attend any important family events including baptisms, blessings, weddings and birthdays.Family and friends viewed Reta as a voice of reason. Her wisdom and counsel were offered with love and honesty. She always tried to build and elevate the self-confidence of anyone she met. The best reflection of her care for others came as we observed her final days in life surrounded by her family and friends that knew her since early childhood.Reta received her education in Draper, graduated from Jordan High School and attended BYU. Those who knew her saw a woman filled with dignity, playfulness and an abiding love of God and life. She was a leader in church and community. She was an astute business owner, guiding her family business to consistent growth and success until her final illness. But her most rewarding role was her devotion as a mother, grandmother, and wife. Reta's leadership and "get it done" attitude kept her busy in numerous callings in church. She showed her love of children through her service as ward and stake primary president and guided her sisters in relief society as ward relief society president. She also made time for PTA leadership and community service.Our mother will always be remembered for her hand-made gifts and sewing. She was known by her family and friends as one of the most creative seamstresses around. But she made time to find inspiration in the scriptures as her personal light in life and loved to lose herself in a good novel. Her curiosity for life was fed by her love to travel the world. For exercise, she roamed the golf course with friends as often as possible and loved to nurture her beautiful flowers that filled her yard. Our mother will be missed deeply, but we celebrate her life, her compassion, her tenderness and her tireless devotion to others. Our memories of her are filled with love knowing that this life is a small step in God's eternal plan of happiness and she will enjoy the fruits and peace of a good life until we meet again. There will be a viewing held on Wednesday evening, October 12th at Goff Mortuary in Midvale Utah located at 8090 South State Street from 6:00 to 7:30pm. A viewing prior to the funeral service will start at 9:30am on Thursday, October 13th at the LDS Chapel located at 8600 South 1200 East, Sandy, Utah. The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am. The interment will take place at Larkin Sunset Gardens located at 1950 E. 10600 South.www.goffmortuary.com