Shirley Ann Gardner

February 18th, 1936September 12th, 2018


Shirley Ann Gardner was born in Longmont Colo. to Herbert D. Winter and Audrey Watts Winter on February 18, 1936. She passed away in Longmont on September 12, 2018, she was 82 years old. 

Shirley spent her early years residing with her parents in Longmont. She  attended Central Elementary School and Longmont High School.  She loved the small town she grew up in as she felt free to ride her bike and roller skated anywhere in town.  

She married Verlyn (Vern) Gardner Dec.13,1953 at the First Presbyterian Church in Longmont.  This union has celebrated 64 years of marriage. After marriage she and Vern spent 2 years in Tucson and Bisbee Arizona then  returning to Longmont then to Boulder, She and Vern moved to Louisville in 1984 before relocating in Anthem Ranch in Broomfield.  

 She attended Boulder technical school studying computer processing. She worked for Esquire/Cornet Co. before working in the office at Joslin’s        Department store in downtown Boulder. After leaving the leaving the work force for a few years she worked in the office for Gardner Co. until she  retired. 

She was a prolific reader, especially mysteries, enjoyed needle work, playing the piano and singing in her church choir. She was a member of Boulder  Valley Christian Church for 48 years and an active volunteer for the Sunday school and Vacation Bible School.  She sang the Messiah with the Longmont civic chorus and was in several Broadway musicals put on by the boulder civic opera. She did volunteer work with M.O.P.S. for several years working with preschool children and has supported several children in Burma as a sponsor.  

Travel was an important part of her life. She and Vern traveled to almost all the States, Europe, Africa, Israel and several trips to Mexico and Costa Rica. 

The joy of her life has been her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors are her husband of 64 years Verlyn, sons, Dr. Bill Gardner (Jeannie) of Wheatridge, Bob Gardner (Debbie) of Thornton and Gene    Gardner of Ft. Lupton, Grandchildren, Dr. Ryan Gardner (Kristine),  Jessica Golden (David) Aaron Gardner, Eli Gardner (Adele) and Jacob, Sarah and Nichol Gardner.  Great Grandchildren, Serena, Xavier, Devyn, Alice, Bryn and Ruthie. She is also survived by her sister in-laws Dorothy Bogue of Calif. and Marilyn Warmouth of Westminster Co. and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daughter-in-law Teri, Sister Marian, and Brothers Dale, Buster and George. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Boulder Valley Christian Church,7100 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80303, or to Feed The Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.



There will be a visitation at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette on Friday, September 21, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 PM.

 A graveside service will be on Saturday, September 22 at 10:30 AM at the Lousiville Cemetery in Louisville.


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The world has lost someone very special. Rest in peace sister-in-law. Marilyn and Scott Warmoth
Such a loss to our family. Shirley was a wonderful aunt. So fun! She was always a joy to be around. She will be so missed! Dave and Peggy Cottle Jesse, Kelly and Matt
Our thoughts and prayers for The Gardner Family. Donnie & Annette Sluman
We will forever miss Aunt Shirley. She was the last of the original Winter family. We will always remember her cheerfulness. Our thoughts are with your family. Mark & Terri Winter
We will miss Aunt Shirley and pray for the rest of the Gardener family. Knowing she is with my mom and her family gives us comfort. Shirley alway had a smile on her face and always would ask how we were doing. Marci and I loved the family reunions and we all loved laughing and talking to her, great memories. Shirley reminded me of grandma Winter, hard worker and loved life. We will be at the Friday services, Marci & Steve Landreth