Saturday, June 30, 2012

Barbara Gardiner 1927 - 2012

of Malta
Born: September 4, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah
Died: June 29, 2012 in Pocatello
Age: 84 years old
MALTA – Barbara Gardiner, age 84, of Malta, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
She was born on Sept. 4, 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of John Henry and Nellie Johnson Ehlers. She graduated from high school in Salt Lake City and completed her education at the University of Utah. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary. She loved being a visiting teacher, however, her passion was serving as a missionary. She served four LDS Church missions.  Her first mission was in her youth where she met Golden and the other three were as an adult with Golden.
She loved skiing, swimming and other activities and kept active her whole life. She was very good at helping others in need and her life’s work was her family. She helped each child and grandchild feel special and was very proud of their accomplishments.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, (they were married on Halloween 1952) Golden Gardiner of Malta; her children, Brad (Susan) Gardiner of Pocatello, Ginger (Malin) Moench of Falls Church, Virginia, Nathan (Shanna) Gardiner of Meridian, Corby (Missy) Gardiner of Mesa, Arizona, Matt (Marie Jeanne) Gardiner of St. George, Utah, Anne (Jed) Francis of Logan, Utah, and Spence (Dara) Gardiner of Malta; 45 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Cathy Goff; a son-in-law, Brent Goff; and her sister, Beverly Elieson.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Malta LDS Church where friends and family may call from 9 until 10:45 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Jeff Johnson. Burial will be in the Valley Vu Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley. The death certificate says cause of death was "intracranial hemmorhage" due to "cerebral vascular accident." (from a fall) 

Note: Missions:Eastern States Mission 1949
Tennessee Nashville Mission 1991
Florida Orlando Mission 1998
Texas San Antonio Mission 2001

Note: Barbara was a very active person her whole life.  Barbara once told Kent she took a rifle and went hunting in Black Pine above her home.  The week before she died she was going down a slippery slide with her grandchildren.  The last time I talked to her in person she told me of her great desire to get one of her grandchildren on a mission for the church. 


Her father came to Utah around 1906.

WWI Draft registration: 

1920 Census: 

Salt Lake Telegram, 1927, five years after Henry was naturalized:

1945 Feb 15 U o f U Chronicle:


Salt Lake Telebram Feb 8, 1952: 

David County Clipper, October 31, 1952: 


Davis County Clipper June 9, 1961

Barbara in the Salt Lake Telegram, Births, 1924

Barbara in the 1930 census:

Her father Henry is listed as a salesman for the power and light and he immigrated in 1922.

Barbara in the 1940 census: 

Barbara in the Deseret News: 

Note:  Barbara went from wearing a grey flannel suit with winter white accessories on her honeymoon to living in a  humble home in Malta.

Barbara's home growing up from at least 1940 - 1952, 1018 Wilson Avenue, SLC, UT:

Note: This picture of Grandpa's house didn't look anything like it used to.  Always looked impeccable.  He had several greenhouses and would grow flowers year round. C.G.


I found out yesterday from talking with Susan who is a RN) who was at the hospital with Mom that they ruled out an ischemic stroke or aneurysm and they now think that the hemorrhage was caused by head trauma from a fall -- their was physical evidence and symptoms of head trauma according to Susan.  The death certificate says cause of death was "intracranial hemmorhage" due to "cerebral vascular accident".