OLD TOWN - Doris "Faye" Gardner, 95, died peacefully July 28, 2016, at Ross Manor in Bangor. Faye, a daughter of Norman and Florence (Reynolds) Mallar of Whitneyville, was born March 26, 1921.
She attended Whitneyville and Machias schools. She was a member of the Old Town United Methodist Church for over 50 years and was well known for her homemade bread, jams and pickles at the church fairs. She loved to cook but her passion was reading. She didn't drive so she would walk to the local library every week bringing home as many books as she could carry. She would have them all read by the end of the week. She also enjoyed writing poetry.
She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, Horace in 1992, three sons Horace "Hoddy" Jr., in 2010, Stephen, in 1998, and Tom, in 2015; and two sisters, Barbara and Alta.
She is survived by three children, Dennis Gardner and his wife, Carol of Bangor, Rosanne Kennard of Tacoma, Washington, Susan Niles and her husband, Larry of Old Town; daughters-in-law, Phyllis, Beth and Carole; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Gardner, Shane Gardner, Daniel Gardner, James Gardner and his wife Kathy, Jill Harlow and her husband Fred, Dean Kennard and his wife Kari, Kyle Kennard, Michael Gardner and his wife Brenda, Tracy St. Hillaire and husband Steve, Melissa Niles, Timothy Niles, Cory Gardner and his wife Meghan, Kelly Dickey and her husband, Arthur; 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Laurie Sleight for her companionship to Faye over several years and to the staff at Ross Manor and Beacon Hospice.
At her request, there will be no visiting hours. Graveside services will be conducted 2pm Monday at Lawndale Cemetery, Stillwater Ave, Old Town.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Town Animal Orphanage, Airport Rd., Old Town, ME 04468; the Old Town Public Library, 46 Middle St., Old Town, ME 04468; or the Old Town United Methodist Church, 729 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468.