Verna J. Spratt Gardner 1917 - 2008 Lawrence
Mass of Christian Burial for Verna J. Spratt Gardner, 91, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence.Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ellsworth Cemetery.She died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at the Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living Center in Lawrence.She was born June 17, 1917, in Ellsworth, the daughter of Winslow B. and Mary M. Dolezal Warta.She served her country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, from October 1942 to December 1945.She retired in 1983 from Kansas State University. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church and the American Legion.She married Myrl E. Spratt on Sept. 3, 1947, in Palmyra, Neb. He died on Jan. 21, 1955. She married Elmer Gardner on May 22, 1988. He died on Jan. 24, 1996.Survivors include three sons, Dennis M. and wife Sharon of Lawrence, Stephen J. and wife Lois of Fairfax, Va., and Roy A. and wife Petora of Centennial, Colo.; a brother, Frank W. Warta, Mountain Home, Ark.; a sister, Rose K. Hummell, Niceville, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, after which the family will meet friends. The family will also meet friends from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Bernard's Catholic Church Parish Hall in Ellsworth.The family suggests memorials to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, sent in care of the mortuary.Online condolences may sent to <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Spratt Gardner.