Leah Elizabeth "Betty" Lieser GardnerHospital worker, 93
Leah Elizabeth "Betty" Lieser Gardner of Ilwaco, Wash., died Saturday, June 15, 2002, in Ilwaco.
Mrs. Gardner was born Nov. 11, 1908, in Vancouver, Wash., the daughter of Clyde and Anne (Geoghegan) Lieser and granddaughter of pioneer Clark County resident Henry C. Lieser. She grew up on the family home overlooking the Columbia River.
She worked for her uncles, Drs. Herbert and Ralph Lieser, and later worked as a radiological technician at Vancouver Memorial Hospital.
She married James Simpson Gardner on Jan. 20, 1933, in Vancouver. He died earlier. She moved to Washington's Long Beach Peninsula in 1986.
She was a member of the Daughters of the Pioneers, Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver Women's Club, Vancouveria Garden Club, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Vancouver. Family members say she was always a proud and pleasant lady who looked on the bright side of life and was an inspiration to anyone whose life she shared.
Mrs. Gardner is survived by daughter Judith Maw of Rathdrum, Idaho; grandchildren and spouses Amy Jo and Jim Ingraham of Grants Pass, Holly and Don Wilder of Olympia, Wash., and Scott and Donna Maw of Yorktown, Va.; great-granchildren Sage, Lindsey, Reilly, Kelsey, Kate and Brian; and niece and spouse Margaret and Jerry Wills of Warrenton. A grandson, Michael Maw, died earlier.
There will be no services, but family members say those who knew and loved Mrs. Gardner can remember her by planting a flower, reading a good book, going to the movies, lunching with a friend, savoring a sweet, watching a basketball game or just spending time with family.
Private commital will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver. Pentilla's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.