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Obituary: Nina McLyman Gardner

1914 ~ 2003

Nina McLyman Gardner, at 89-years-of-age, peacefully passed away on Monday, Sept. 29th, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Nina was born in Newport, Rhode Island March 18, 1914, the daughter of Benjamin Murray McLyman and Antonina Horgan McLyman.

Nina grew up in Providence, RI and after graduating from Lincoln High School, traveled and studied in Europe for a year. She attended Fairmont Junior College and graduated in 1935. A year later she married Colin Gardner III and moved to Middletown, Ohio. She was active in civic affairs in both Middletown and Cincinnati, Ohio, and served as a volunteer and eventually as Regional Director of the American Red Cross in Southwestern, Ohio, providing care and comfort to those impacted by natural disasters in the 1940s and 1950s. Throughout her life, Nina also lived and made lasting friendships in Concord, Mass, Winter Park and Delray Beach, FL, Harbor Springs, Mich. and most recently in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Nina was a prolific writer of prose and poetry. She was Editor-in-Chief of her college yearbook and a regular contributor to her college newspaper. Later in her life she composed poetry, mystery stories and wonderful children's stories. She loved to play golf, having learned from her father, who was a golf professional early in his life before eventually serving the State of Rhode Island as it's Attorney General.

Preceded in death by her devoted husband of 55 years, Colin Gardner III. She is survived by her son, Colin Gardner IV (Dee), Salt Lake City; two daughters, Toni G. Cappel in Raleigh, NC: and Tina G. Locke (Peter) in Orinda, CA; Her extended family includes 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her family wishes to thank the staffs of Home Instead Senior Care, the Brighton Gardens Assisted Living Facility, Hospice of Utah, and most particularly, Nina's devoted caregivers for the past five years, Linda Bowers and Diane Skinner, who helped her maintain her dignity and composure in her final years of life.

Services for Nina will be held at a later date in Middleton, Ohio. Friends may call on the family Wednesday evening, Oct. 1st, at their home between 6 and 8 p.m. at 1529 Arlington Drive, Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3836, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84110 in Nina's name.