Minnie Mae Gardner, 100, of Westminster, Colorado passed Monday March 11, 2019. She was born to Ernest and Lola Poe on April 3rd, 1918 in Weldona, Colorado. Minnie graduated Weldona High School in 1936, she then continued on to Northern University of Colorado to pursue a teaching degree. After which, she taught for a year in a one room schoolhouse. She married Earl King Gardner in 1939. Earl and Minnie moved to California where her son James Lee Gardner was born in 1943 and daughter Bonnie Lee Gardner in 1947. Earl and Minnie moved to Denver, Colorado in 1950. Their second daughter Wendi Sue Gardner was born in 1958. Minnie taught school in Denver for more than 30 years. She retired in 1986 from Denver Public Schools. Her favorite grade to teach was first grade.
In her retirement Minnie loved to travel, play cards, garden, research genealogy, and spend time with her grandchildren. She truly adored her grandchildren and was a wonderful grandmother and a wonderful mother.
Minnie is survived by her two daughters Bonnie (Jerry) and Wendi. She also is survived by four grandchildren, Drek (Shannon), Alex (Brielle), Evan, and Elizabeth, three great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. She is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son James, grandson David and her sweetheart Cecil Morehouse. She was the last remaining of the seven Poe children, Harry, Margaret, Frances, P.A., John, and Ernest.
We would like to thank the wonderful people at Greenridge Place for the providing love and care to our mom for 21/2 years. She truly felt loved by all of you.
We would also like to thank Seasons hospice for their care over the last 3 months. It made a difference.
The funeral will be held at Newcomers Mortuary on March 24th, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:00 am. The service will be at 12:00 am. This will be followed by burial at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery. We will gather at staging area C. There will be a reception after the interment ceremony at Heritage Hall at Crown Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Seasons Hospice Palliative Care at www.seasons.org
Pallbearers are grandsons Alex, Evan, Drek, Daniel, and Christian.