Elizabeth "Libby" F. Gardner, former First Lady of the University of Utah, died Friday, February 8, 1991 in Berkeley, California of heart failure following a brief illness.
She was born in Huntington Park, California, September 15, 1935 to David H. Fuhriman and Maurine Parker Fuhriman. She married David P. Gardner in the Salt Lake Temple, June 27, 1958. She attended Stanford University, Brigham Young University and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with a bachelors degree in dental hygiene. As First Lady of the University of Utah from 1973 to 1983, and as Associate of the President at the University of California from 1983 until the time of her death, Mrs. Gardner played a vital role in advancing the universities missions. She was responsible for coordinating and planning hundreds of university occasions, from the most solemn ceremonies to the most informal gatherings. Her trademarks were dignity, graciousness and high standards of performance for herself and others. In both personal and professional endeavors, she and her husband became known as an effective unified team.Mrs. Gardner served in many community and university capacities during her 10 years in the Salt Lake area, including: member of the board of the Salt Lake Community Services Council, member of the advisory board of the University of Utah Health Sciences Council, member of the University of Utah Womens Club, consultant to the trustees of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, and honorary member of the Utah Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. She traveled throughout much of the world, helping to represent both the University of Utah and the University of California. Mrs. Gardner was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in a variety of positions within Relief Society, Young Women's Organization and Sunday School Program.
Mrs. Gardner is survived by her husband, David P. Gardner, of Orinda, Calif.; by four daughters, Karen Gardner Dee, Shari Gardner Olmstead, Lisa Gardner and Marci Gardner, by her mother, Mrs. David H. Fuhriman, of Orinda; by two brothers, David H. Fuhriman, Moraga, Calif.; and Parker J. Fuhriman, of Beaverton, Oregon; and by two sons-in-law, David Dee and Eric Olmstead.
Services will be held Wednesday, February 13, 12 noon at the Interstake Center of Oakland California Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4780 Lincoln Ave., Oakland. The family will greet friends from 11-11:45 a.m. prior to service. For further information, please call the Laurel Funeral Chapel in Oakland, California: 415-532-6068. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Elizabeth (Libby) Fuhriman Gardner Fund, c/o the Development Office, 304 Park Building, University of Utah 84112. Contributions will benefit deserving students in the health sciences.
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