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Barbara A (Melvin) Gardner

October 25, 1931 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 90)


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 memorial service in California will be held 11:00 am, Monday, December 20, 2021 at the Clubhouse #1 at Laguna Woods Village, 24232 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA. An additional local memorial service will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, April 30, 2022 at McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory, Monmouth with interment taking place at Warren County Memorial Park, Monmouth.  Memorials may be given to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Memorial Service
April 30, 2022

10:00 AM
McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory
1007 N G St P.O. Box 444
Monmouth, IL 61462
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