Margaret Jean Gardner, 89, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at The Willows in Blackfoot.
She was born Feb. 5, 1925 in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Harvey Franklin Aiman and Mattie Kearney Aiman.
She attended school in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Idaho Falls and graduated from Idaho Falls High School. She played on the softball team and was valedictorian.
Jean lived most of her life in Idaho Falls, but spent time in San Diego, Calif. and Jackson Hole, Wyo.Â
On July 14, 1943, she married Ivan E. Gardner in Idaho Falls.Â Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on May 15, 1945. They moved to California while Ivan was in the service.Â After his service they moved to the Rose area in 1946 where they farmed and raised their family and has resided there ever since.
Jean was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in theÂ ward Primary, Relief Society and Young Womenâ€™s organizations, stake Primary presidency and stake Relief Society presidency.Â She also officiated in the Idaho Falls Temple for 21 years, 9 of those years as a widow.
She was active in the PTA with her husband in Groveland.
Jean enjoyed traveling and had been in 51 foreign countries and to every continent except Antartica, and 49 states (she didnâ€™t make it to Kentucky).Â She also enjoyed reading and devoted her life to her family.Â She could name every grandchild, great-grandchildren and their birthdays.
She is survived by her sons, Lance (Linda) Gardner of Blackfoot; Mark (Jerri Lu) of St. George, Utah; daughters, Vauna (David) Clifford of Gilbert, Ariz.; Peggy (Darren) Nilsson of Salt Lake City, Utah; son-in-law, Rich Hoge of San Jose, Calif.;Â brother, Wayne Aiman of Idaho Falls;Â sister, Opal Brown of San Diego, Calif.;Â 31 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; daughters, Sheryl and Jana Gaye Gardner; brothers, Floyd, Russell, and Lloyd Aiman and sisters, Thelma Accord and Lola Gardner.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Rose LDS Chapel.
The family will meet with friends on Sunday evening, March 9, 2014 from 7-9 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org