Dorothy A. Gardner, 82, Lowville

LOWVILLE, NY — Dorothy Ann Gardner, 82, of Cascade Avenue, passed away at her home on Saturday evening, Aug. 15, 2020, under the care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Lowville Rural Cemetery with Pastor Evan Zehr officiating.

In keeping with Dorothy’s wishes. there will be no calling hour s or funeral service.

Born January 22, 1937, in Pierrepont, NY, a daughter of the late John C. and Annabelle Brayton Barrigar. She attended school in Potsdam.

On June 20, 1954 she married Frederick A. Gardner at Waddington Methodist Church with Rev. John A. Clark officiating. She worked at the tree nursery, ran the sale barn diner and together with her husband, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm on the West Road in the town of Martinsburg for many years.

She loved putting together puzzles, outdoor activities, and her cat Velvet.

Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She always gave everyone a hug & kiss and said she loved us before she left or said goodbye on the phone.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Peggy and Gary Hirschey of Lowville; Judy and Ray Spann of Port Leyden; Joanne Gardner of Lowville; Rose and James “Todd” Baker of Lowville; Sue and Clark Jr. “Butch” Miller of Turin; Fred Gardner and his companion Stephanie Kirkbride of Glenfield; 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a half-sister Doreen Ploude of Massena; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Frederick A. Gardner who passed away on Aug. 1, 1984; three sons, Frederick Jr. and Robert, who died in infancy and Gerald “Jerry” Gardner; two grandchildren, Sallyann Bender and John Hirschey; her sister Mary Grossniklaus; and three brothers, Gilbert, Jay and Albert Barrigar.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682 Lowville, NY 13367.

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