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Barbara A (Melvin) Gardner

October 25, 1931 — November 8, 2021

Laguna Woods

Barbara A. Gardner,90, of Laguna Woods, CA formerly of Monmouth died at 8:03 pm, Monday, November 8, 2021 at the Kaiser-Permanente Hospital, Irvine CA.

She was born Oct. 25, 1931 in Monmouth, IL the daughter of Lowell C. and Bonnie V. (Green) Melvin.  She was raised and educated in Monmouth, graduating from Monmouth High School in 1949.

Barbara married Donald Howe in Monmouth on Aug. 7, 1949 and he passed away on Oct. 24, 1984.  She later married Leland Gardner in Monmouth on Sept. 2, 1990 and he died Jan. 12, 2005.

Barbara worked at Security Savings Bank in Monmouth as a Teller for 12 years.  Following her move to Irvine, CA in 1988, Barbara worked as a receptionist for the Orange County Employee Association for 9 years before retiring in 1996.

She was a member of the Saddleback, Church in Laguna Woods, CA as well as several small groups within the church.

Surviving are her 2 sons, James (Susie) Howe of Tustin, CA, Steven (Alma) Howe of Laguna Hills, CA; daughter, Carol (Wayne) Plizga of Irvine, CA; grandsons, Christopher (Stephanie) Howe of Apopka, FL, Jeffrey  Plizga of Irvine, CA, Michael Plizga of Irvine, CA; 2 granddaughters, Valerie Howe of Austin, TX, Stephanie Howe of Laguna Hills CA; 2 step grandsons, Kevin Sparrow of Tacoma, WA and Arfa Alanis of Laguna hills, CA; 2 great grandchildren, Garrett Howe and Kayleigh Howe both of Zellwood, FL;  brother, John Melvin of  Monmouth, Il; sister in laws,  Lois Gardner of Ann Arbor, MI, and Maradine Harrison of Tucson, AZ; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands; granddaughter, Dora Lee Howe and brother, James Melvin.

A Celebration of Life will at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022 at McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory.  Interment will take place at Warren County Memorial Park, Monmouth.  Following the interment there will be a gathering at Meks on Main, 201 N. Main St. Monmouth, IL.  Memorials may be given to Breast Cancer Research and sent to the funeral home.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory

1007 North G Street, Monmouth, IL 61462

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