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Edna Mae Gardner

September 17, 1938 October 12, 2022
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A Time to be Born, Learn, Love, Labor, Serve, Depart, and Memories:

A Time to be Born:

Jackie was born in Wildwood, Florida, to the late Rufus and Helen

Dixon on September 17, 1938.

A Time to Learn:

Jackie spent her early childhood in the Sumter County public school

system and graduated from J. R. E. Lee High School. She received

her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Saint Leo University. Later she

received her Masters in Reading from Rollins College.

A Time to Love:

In 1958, she attended Edward Waters College where she met and married

Willie Mobley. Later in 1965, she met James Gardner, and they married

in holy matrimony in 1976 and had 44 blessed years together.

A Time to Labor:

In the 60s, Jackie worked at Leesburg General Hospital. Having a dream

of being an educator, Jackie’s first jobs were at Oak Park Elementary

and Dabney Elementary as a Teacher’s Aide. Once her dream came into

fruition, she later became an educator with the Sumter County School

Board were she taught 5th grade for 37 years.

A Time to Serve:

Jackie’s Christian journey began at Greater Piney Grove Missionary

Baptist Church. She served under several leaderships as a Deaconess and

Youth Director. Jackie was appointed Children’s Church coordinator

for Bethel Baptist Association for over 20 years; member of Sumter

County Retired Educators. She moved her membership to St. James

Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Alandus Sims. She

later returned back to Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, serving

until she was called home.

A Time to Depart:

Jackie was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 12,

2022, with her children by her side saying their good-byes. Preceding

her in death were her parents, Rufus and Helen Dixon; husband, James

“Jimmy” Gardner; great-granddaughter, Samiya Riley Brown; also

prior to her death, she lost her brothers, James, Robert “Tom,” Chester,

Duke, and Elliott Dixon; and special sister-in-law, Lillie Dixon.

A Time of Memories:

As her legacy continues, she leaves behind four children, Willie (Toni)

Mobley of St. Louis, MO, Kelvin Mobley of Wildwood, FL, LaWanda

Ware (Stanford) of Leesburg, FL, and Voncia Deveau (Donnie) of

Oxford, FL. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren.

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6:00 PM 10/21/2022 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/21/2022 8:00:00 PM
Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

116 Huey Street
Wildwood, FL 34785

Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
116 Huey Street Wildwood 34785 FL
United States

Funeral Service




10:00 AM 10/22/2022 10:00:00 AM
Oxford Assembly of God Church

12114 US Highway 301
Oxford, FL 34484

Oxford Assembly of God Church
12114 US Highway 301 Oxford 34484 FL
United States

Cemetery Details


Wildwood Community Cemetery Final Resting Place

705 Industrial Drive
Wildwood, FL 34785

705 Industrial Drive Wildwood 34785 FL
United States

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