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Elizabeth Gardner, 77, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014, at a Fort Worth hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 15, at First Baptist Church in Burleson. Interment was at Laurel Land Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Beth was born April 16, 1936, in New Orleans, LA to Dr. Russell D. and Mildred Wilson Holt. Beth attended school all 12 years in Meridian, graduating in 1954, and was in the same class with future husband, Bill, all those years. After graduating from high school, she attended Baylor University earning a degree in English and education. She became the church pianist at the First Baptist Church in Meridian at 12 years of age and later the organist. Throughout her life she served the Lord with her God-given talent in music in many different ways. She also taught school for 17 years in Iredell, Meridian and Burleson. She then worked with Bill in his auto sales business in Burleson. Beth’s greatest joy came from caring for her husband, Bill; their three children, Dan, Jimmy and Patty; and their 10 grandchildren, Toby Gardner, Kimberly Schwalk and husband, Brad, Zachary Mercer, Chris Graves and wife, Jordan, Kaylon Martin and husband, Will, Casey Graves and wife, Katie, Kayla Gardner, Emily Chavoya and husband, Ethan, Erin Chapman and husband, Kobee, and Matthew Gardner. She loved playing games, working puzzles, coin collecting, and cooking for and with them, attending sports and other activities all were involved in. She continued this with her great-grandchildren as her health problems permitted. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Patricia “Patty” Gardner Mercer. Survivors include her beloved husband of 56 years, Bill; sons, Dan Gardner and wife, Christi, and Jimmy Gardner and wife, Kathleen; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Judy McNeill and husband, Mike, of Stephenville; extended family and friends. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers, to the First Baptist Church of Burleson Building Fund, 317 West Ellison St., Burleson, Texas 76028. Arrangements were by Mountain Valley Funeral Home.
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