Elsie Barbara Jean Gardner (29 Mar 1922 - 25 Jan 2021)

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Stoke Holy Cross Parish Church Norwich Road Stoke Holy Cross NR14 8LR
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R. B. Copping Independent Family Funeral Service, Poringland

In loving memory of Elsie Barbara Jean Gardner who sadly passed away on 25th January 2021 aged 98.
Elsie was born on 29th March 1922, the second oldest of her sisters, Lucy, Rene and Betty.
She was born in Stutton, Suffolk and grew up and went to school in Mistley. Whilst still a teenager, Elsie joined the Manningtree Salvation Army, where she first met and fell in love with Robert (Bob). When she left school Elsie worked in service before going onto a munitions factory as part of the war effort..
Bob was posted to India and Ceylon during the war, but when he returned he commenced his career with the Civil Service as a Tax Officer. Robert and Elsie were married at St Michaels Church, Brantham on March 23rd 1946. Initially Bob was posted to Bedford where they established their first home. Soon after Jill was born. A few years later Bob was posted to Norwich, where Elsie also worked in the Tax Office, and they established their second home in Hall Road before Helen came along. When Helen was 2 weeks old they moved to Munnings Road, Elsie got involved with St Francis Church, joining the Mothers Union and helping with the Over 60's club. Elsie kept busy by looking after the family and maintaining an immaculate home. She occasionally took part time work and spent a few years at Mr Lings fishmongers in Mousehold. Once the girls were well established, Elsie joined Norwich Union as a clerical assistant in 1969. This was a pivotal year, as they moved to their dream house in Stoke Holy Cross and their first grandchild Toby was born. Many happy years were spent at Stoke, with the family establishing their new home and enjoying many holidays with friends and family. The Algarve became a firm favorite for them both. Toby was followed by Guy, then Nia and then Thomas. Elsie and Bob loved their family, their friends, their garden and life in general. Sadly Bob passed away in 1991 and left a hole in everyone's hearts. Elsie supported by family, friends and the local church, continued life at Stoke and joined the flower club and the local Tuesday group. She loved life to the full and still enjoyed the thrill of going on holiday with trips to Crete, Scotland, Wales, France and Germany and two Cruises to Europe and Southern Ireland.
Elsie was very proud of her family and loved to tell her friends all about them, especially when great grand children arrived. She loved to receive photos of them and had a little gallery on a wall in the lounge. Her 90th birthday was a day of great celebration when family and friends popped in for drinks and natter! Sadly, not long after this event she began to show signs of forgetfulness and having difficulty with some daily activities. After having extra help at home it became clear that she could no longer continue to live there safely and she moved into Saxlingham Hall Nursing Home. Soon after a diagnosis of vascular dementia was confirmed. Saxlingham Hall was home for the next 4 years and the whole family and friends were welcomed there to enjoy visits, outings and Christmas lunches together. She loved going out in a newly purchased mobility van, christened the Nan Van, and enjoyed lunches out with the family shopping trips, outings to parks, the Cathedral, which generally ended with hot chocolate and cake!

Thomas Howe donated £200 in memory of Elsie

A beautiful lady with a beautiful soul!

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Thomas Howe wrote

A beautiful cause for a beautiful lady

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Nia, Janel & Neo Spalding donated £50 in memory of Elsie

We love you Nan 💗

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Mel Howe donated £30 in memory of Elsie

A calm, caring and elegant lady. Such a positive person with a lovely smile. With love from Mel, Margaret, Patrick and James.

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Mel Howe wrote

Always calm, caring and elegant. Such a positive lady with a wonderful smile. With love from Mel, Margaret, Patrick and James

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Mel Howe wrote

Always calm, caring and elegant. Such a positive lady with a wonderful smile. With love from Mel, Margaret, Patrick and James

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Jill Emms donated £120 in memory of Elsie

Wish I was as ladylike as you Mum, you always had class and style. All our love from Jill, Fred and your goddaughter Ann.

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Jill Emms wrote

Wish I was as ladylike as you Mum, you always had class and style. Miss you, so hard to realise you are no longer with us. Love Jill and special hugs from from Fred.

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Chas Handleigh donated £20 in memory of Elsie

Pleasant memories of a lovely lady.

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Ann Newman donated £50 in memory of Elsie

Dear Aunt Elsie In loving memory of happy times. Reunited with Uncle Robert xx

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Jayne Dempster posted a picture

Elsie and Robert at Gwyneth and George's wedding.

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  • What a beautiful photograph x

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Graham Tye donated £30 in memory of Elsie

Auntie Elsie a lovely lady, sleep peacefully

Graham and Jenny x

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Graham Howe posted a picture

A day out on the Broads

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Pampering manicure, getting ready for Captains night

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Being spoilt by the crew

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Captains night

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Our first cruise together

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Helen Howe donated £100 in memory of Elsie

In memory of a beautiful Mummy. We were so lucky to have you. xx

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Helen Howe wrote

In memory of my beautiful Mummy. I was so lucky to have you.

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Mandy Pitt donated £10 in memory of Elsie
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Gary Tye donated £30 in memory of Elsie
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Gary Tye wrote

Fond memories of a lovely lady. Sleep well.
Gary & Maureen XX

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Nia Howe posted a picture

One of hundreds of selfies, but this is my fave x

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Nan's fave- York Fruits!

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Ice cream in Earlham Park

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Enjoying the gardens at Saxlingham.

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Treated to afternoon tea at the Assembly Rooms!

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Ronnie Scott's!!

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Nia Howe wrote

Nan was everything you might secretly wish a Grandparent to be, and so much more. She was always so kind and gentle, so thoughtful and unassuming. She always knew when something was up and she'd always lend an ear. She never judged, she was fiercely independent and, most of all, she was a true and proper 'lady', always dressing beautifully with immaculate hair, painted nails and beautiful jewellery.

Nan made THE best scrambled egg, ate at least one piece of chocolate every day and had her Ringtons tea bags delivered to the door! As a child, I absolutely loved staying with Nan and Grandad. They would spoil me rotten with trips to the Castle Museum, visiting their friends and giving me pocket money to by sherbet from the village shop! I remember one stay, at bedtime, getting really upset that I'd not prepared myself enough for my upcoming Brownie Dance badge! Nan sat on the edge of my bed for an hour that night, teaching me the story of Swan Lake. She was so calm and reassuring. One of our more recent and very fond memories of Nan was her ability to beat anyone who challenged her to a game of naughts and crosses- simply brilliant!!

Nan, you had the biggest heart, the brightest smile and the most caring, warming soul and you fought tirelesly over the last few years. I will cherish our special memories always. Give grandad a hug for me and know that we'll love you forever xxx

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