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Mary Ruth (Hardee) Gardner

June 22, 1931 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 88)


Mrs. Mary Ruth Hardee Gardner, 88 of Patterson, passed away late Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Patterson, GA on June 22, 1931, she had lived there all of her life.  Mrs. Gardner had owned and operated Sam’s Seafood with her late husband, Samuel William “Sam” Gardner, for over 50 years.  She was a member of Patterson Baptist Church where she was in the Joy Sunday school class.  Mrs. Gardner enjoyed sewing and gardening.    

She was the daughter of the late George Elbert & Marie Tyre Hardee.  In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by both of her brothers, Marvin Hardee and Gene Hardee.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pam & Dan Brooks of Patterson; 2 granddaughters, Mandy & Tim Powers and Meranda & Chris Corbitt; 5 great grandchildren, Makala Crews, Timmy Powers, Annie Powers, Kaitlyn Corbitt, and Kristal Corbitt; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A private graveside service for Mrs. Gardner will be held Friday afternoon, May 22, 2020, from the Patterson Cemetery.   

Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501 or to the Patterson Baptist Church, 5770 E. Main St., Patterson, GA  31557.

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