Mary Lou Gardner, age 72, of Decatur passed away peacefully with her family at her
side on September 4, 2017. Mary Lou was born in Taylorville, Illinois in February of
1945 to Paul and Mary Freehill. She married her beloved husband, Lynn S. Gardner,
in July of 1985 in Decatur and he survives. She is also survived by her grandsons
Aaron Templeton and Parker Templeton of Decatur, her sisters Paula Hall of
Springfield, Lalie Welch of Costa Rica, and Anita Kale (John) of Brimfield, Illinois.
She also leaves behind several deeply-loved nieces and nephews, many cherished
paternal and maternal cousins and a host of wonderful friends. Mary Lou retired from
AT&T in 2005, went back to work and then retired again in 2016 as the secretary for
Trinity Lutheran Church in Decatur. Mary Lou loved traveling with her husband,
making memories with her fun and interesting family, laughing with her grandsons,
spending time with precious friends, and dirty martinis. Some days the dirty martinis
Visitation will be 5 to 8 pm Thursday, September 7, at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic
Church, Decatur; with the funeral Mass at 10:00 am Friday, with Fr Nick Husain
officiating. Inurnment will be 2:00 pm. Friday in Camp Butler National Cemetery,
Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to an Education Fund set up
for Aaron and Parker Templeton at Staley Credit Union, 3330 North Woodford
Street, Decatur, Illinois 62526. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge
of the arrangements.
The family thanks Dr Totel, Dr Esparaz, Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, DMH
Hospice, and all the nieces and nephews for their love and care.
Please sign the family guestbook at www.tanzyuslogan.com