APRIL 14, 1917 - MARCH 29, 1985

The following is information that was supplied by Irene for the 50th reunion held in 1985:

"I was married to Richard Earl Gardner (also a 1935 graduate) in 1936. We had one son, William E., in 1937. Lived in Kansas City, KS all of our married life. Worked for a corporation lawyer; and insurance company; and then started with a steel plant and work for over 20 years as a secretary. Retired in 1977 from the steel plant. Richard worked at Santa Fe Railroad and retired in February of 1978, but had a heart attach and died in November of 1978. I am still in K.C., KS, but spend a portion of my time in Denver, CO, with my son and his family. I have 2 grandsons; 3 granddaughters; 1 great-grandson; and 2 great-granddaughters. I love to read, crochet, and knit." (Note: Irene passed away March 29, 1985, after making a reservation for our dinner. The Class of '35 sent flowers.)



Irene Demastus Gardner, 67, Kansas City, KS. died Friday, March 29, 1985 at her home. She was born in Osawatomie and had lived in the Kansas City area most of her life.

She graduated from Osawatomie High School in 1935. Preceding her in death was her husband, Richard Gardner, who was also in the Class of 1935.

Before retiring in 1976, Mrs. Gardner was a secretary for the Kansas City Structural Steel Company for 24 years.

Surviving are a son, William E. Gardner of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Mrs. Maxine Warner of Osawatomie; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Simmons Chapel. The services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel and the burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

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