Gwendolyn Gardner, of Mason, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the age of 67.
Gwen was born October 31, 1941, in Mason to Maudell Holt McDonald and James Allan (Al) McDonald. She was the oldest of five children and was always the “other mother,” to her younger siblings, serving as the overseer and caregiver of the family. She took that role seriously, sacrificing her own wants and needs to ensure her siblings were taken care of and even providing the prom dress for her baby sister when money was tight at home.
A lifelong resident of Mason, Gwen graduated from Mason High School in 1960 and was an avid Puncher fan for her entire life. She worked as a cook at the Hilltop Diner for a number of years and helped at Mason Funeral Home but she will always be remembered for managing the Hill Country Inn for 26 years. She was a wonderful hostess for the city of Mason, welcoming and caring for the hunters and tennis players that returned to Mason year after year. Gwen had a smile for everyone and truly made each guest at the Inn feel special. She also was the first tour guide for the Seaquist House when it was opened for viewing.
In her earlier years, she belonged to a ladies bowling league that bowled in Fredericksburg and Gwen loved to play cards. She was always fun to be with. Gwen loved to follow all sporting events at all levels but was especially fond of the Mason Punchers and could be found at nearly every Puncher sporting event, cheering on her beloved team. When she moved to the Mason Care Center, she served as the Residents’ Advocate, continuing in her longtime role as caregiver. She was an active member of First Baptist Church. Gwen was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family and she loved the Lord. Her strong faith and love of God made her a blessing to everyone with whom she had contact.
She is survived by her mother, Maudell McDonald of Mason; her son, Greg Gardner and wife Tammy of Mason; sisters: Mary Lou Smith and husband James Wayne Smith of Fredericksburg; Dorothy Ann Grote and husband Jeff Grote of Mason; Deborah June Brushe’ of Abilene; and brother, Bobby Doak McDonald and wife Karen McDonald of Reagan County. She is also survived by grandchildren: Linda and husband Eric Roberson of Houston and their children Caleb Isaiah and Payton Abigail; Jessica and her husband Michael Brandon Price of Mason and their child Mycayla Alexis; Thaddeus, John, and Gunner, all of Mason. Additionally, she is survived by aunts: Nell and husband Holden Sparks of Midland; Billie Holt Brown of Mason; Jesse Holt Nobles of Camp Air; and uncle Arthur Dee (Sonny) Holt and wife Nancy of Fredonia as well as by numerous nieces and nephews and wonderful lifelong friends and neighbors that shared her strong faith and love of God. Gwen was preceded in death by her father, Al McDonald.
Funeral services for Gwen Gardner were held on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at the Wagram Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.