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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Obituary Sunday~So Young, So Full of Life

Miss Mary Gardner Dies in Virginia
Last rights for daughter of Rev. A. M. Gardner will be at Chesterfield.

Miss Mary Truesdale Gardner died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Richmond, VA. Saturday afternoon at 7 o' clock according to the news received by friends here.
She was the daughter Rev. and Mrs. A. M. Gardner of Olanta. The Rev. Mr. Gardner had been a member of the South Carolina Conference for more than 20 years.
Miss Gardner was attending Blackstone College, Blackstone, Va. at the time of her death. She will be laid to rest at Chesterfield at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

Mary Truesdale Gardner was born on 14 Aug 1918 in Anson County, North Carolina.1 She died on 22 Feb 1936 at the age of 17 in Blackstone, Nottoway, Virginia.2 She was buried on 25 Feb 1936 at Thomas Cemetery in Olanta, Florence, South Carolina.3 

Mary Truesdale was the daughter of the Reverend Albert M. Gardner and May Leona Davis. Her Father passed away in Jan 1937, approximately 5 months after her death. 

Mary Truesdale Gardner  is my 4th Cousin once removed.

1. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image, ( : Accessed on 19 October 2013); Headstone for Mary Truesdale Gardner; (14 August 1918–22 February 1936); Records of the Thomas Cemetery; Olanta, Florence County, South Carolina, USA.
2. Miss Mary Truesdale Gardner obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 23 February 1936, page 16-B, column 7.
3. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Mary Truesdale Gardner (14 August 1918–22 February 1936), Memorial # 76079354.


  1. Charlie, was a cause of death given any where?

  2. I don't have a cause of death. Virginia death certificate are not on-line for 1936 and I doubt 4th Cousin is close enough to procure from the state. I'm looking to see it there was anything published locally in Blackstone, Virginia.

  3. Spinal Meningitis died at St Luke’s Hospital

    Richmond Times-Dispatch
    23 Feb, 1936 (Sunday)
    Page 6, Column 6