LINCOLN – Gail M. Gardner, 72, wife of William T. Gardner, passed away Sept. 20, 2011, at their summer home on the Big Narrows. She was born July 20, 1939, in Lincoln, the daughter of William and Stella (Drake) Stanley.
After graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in 1957, Gail went on to complete her technical training in hairdressing and received her diploma from Eastern Academy School of Hairdressing. As an active, devoted member of First Congregational Church of Lincoln, Gail served as a deacon and participated in various roles such as being on the pastoral relations, annual Christmas bazaar, rummage sale and hospitality committees. She was a past president of Pilgrims Daughters and helped with the annual River Drivers Supper. She was also a member and past worthy matron of Lincoln Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Her interests and passion didn’t stop at her church. She cared deeply for her community as well. She served on Lincoln homecoming committee, Miss Greater Lincoln Pageant committee, donated many beautician hours serving the elderly and was instrumental in starting Mattanawcook Academy sports booster club, as she was an avid sports fan. She also served as vice president of Mattanawcook Academy Alumni Association for many years and was a 2010 co-grand marshal of the annual Lincoln Homecoming parade. Further interests included being a neighborhood mom to Tom and Scott’s many friends in their younger years, being a member of the Lincolnfieldpals Red Hat Society No. 7786, golfing with girlfriends, baking for any reason going, painting, woodcarving, knitting, quilting, gardening, shopping, picking berries, going to plays in New York City, and caring for their home and camp. Along with her husband, Bill, Gail enjoyed many hours watching the Red Sox and Patriots, fishing up at Big Black, skiing, tennis, bowling, snowmobiling, traveling and spending time at the lake, creating lifelong friendships. One of her greatest joys was having her grandchildren drop in at grandma’s for a visit and to get home cooked goodies.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, Thomas and Michelle and their children, Tyler and Julia, Shey, and Rianne; son, Scott and Amy and their children, Audrey, William, Parker and Max; brother, Dale Stanley and Darlene and their children, Terri, Steve and Rusty; and sister, Lorna Gordon and Blaine and their children, Jamie, Wade and Brad.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Darrell Joiner officiating. Interment will be at Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gail Gardner Scholarship in her memory at Mattanawcook Academy. Donations may be left at the funeral home. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at