Colleen "Mardy" M. Gardner
September 23, 1947 - November 6, 2022

Colleen "Mardy" M. Gardner

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Colleen ''Mardy'' (Johnson) Gardner, age 75, was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 23rd, 1947 to Robert and Colleen Johnson. Sister Glenda was at the home to welcome her, and younger sister, Pam, would join them a year later. Mardy was baptized and confirmed at Augustana Lutheran Church and remained a strong Christian throughout her life.

In 1965, Mardy graduated from Benson High School and went on to Midland College where she claimed she majored in pitch! She married Warren Vaad in 1968, and daughters, Gretchen, Mary and Karen were born. In 1975, she met the love of her life, Scotty, and happily gained three more children, Jack, Jennifer and Amy; officially making us the Brady Bunch! It was also in 1975 that Mardy started her 37-year banking career, retiring as an assistant vice president in 2012. She took great pride in being a personal banker, branch manager and officer; her customers loved her dearly.

After 16 years of making memories on the farm in Elkhorn, in 1991, Scotty and his ''sweet pea'' Mardy, moved out to Woodcliff Lakes, where everyone embraced the lake life and it gave our ''hostess with the mostess'' a new place to entertain and feed her friends and family. In 1998, she started to devote her time to the Woodcliff Lion's Club, serving at all officer's positions and happy to let out a prideful ''ROAR''!

In 2020 she was diagnosed with cancer, successfully fighting one location only to have it travel to another. Throughout all of the trials and tribulations that came with this disease, she very rarely complained, kept her sense of humor and positivity, and fought it like a ''rockstar''.

On November 6th, surrounded by the love of her family, she lost her valiant battle and gained her wings.

Decorating for the holidays, preparing great meals, a sunny beach, cheering on the Huskers, Chiefs or Royals, whatever their records, and a good glass of red wine were just a few of her favorite things. Above anything and everything, however, family and extended family came first. Never forgetting a birthday or anniversary and rarely missing a celebration, grandkids' ball game or event, she was the rock of our family.

Although she is no longer here with us, we are comforted to know that Mardy's kind spirit, selflessness, devotion to family and friends, positivity and love will remain within us always and help carry us through the hard days ahead.

Preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Colleen Johnson; uncle and aunt, Richard and Helen Wilson; sister, Pamela Goodnoe; daughter, Jennifer Gardner; nephew, Tony Gross

Survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Scott Gardner; aunt, Darlene (Fred) Nash of Omaha; sister, Glenda Burkes of Phoenix, AZ; children, Jack (Valarie) Gardner of Waukesha, WI; Gretchen (Craig) Jorgensen of Nebraska City; Mary (Shane) Myers of Omaha; Karen (Eric) Mitchell of Platte City, MO; Amy (Jason) Sichmeller of Omaha; grandchildren Jordan (Aneisha) and Justin Mitchell, AnnaLea and Magen Jorgensen, Jayden and Kylie Myers, Ava and Chloe Sichmeller, Kira Gardner, great-granddaughter Charli Mitchell and many, many special cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

Memorials suggested to the group she loved and devoted her time to, the Woodcliff Lion's Club.

Celebration of Life, 11am, Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Pohocco Lutheran Church, 2363 County Rd 11 (Hwy 77, south of Fremont).

Ludvigsen Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

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Celebration of Life
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Pohocco Lutheran Church
2363 County Road 11
Fremont, NE  68025
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  1. Karen K Gardner
    We lost a great friend. Condolences to the family. I met Mardy when I started bowling with her mom (Coke). We had a pretty good team too. Then our paths crossed again when Jack worked for me for a while and then again when Mardy was part of her class reunion planning group and I helped with reunion tours at Benson. Mardy will be missed.
  2. Dana and Gary Sichmeller
    A kind, generous and beautiful lady! Your joyous cheers and wonderful laughter will be greatly missed at our granddaughters soccer games. Cheer on Mardy!!!
  3. Lisa Kennell
    I worked for Mardy for several years when she was the Branch Manager at Western Security Bank on 108th & Maple. Everyday she had smile on her face when she came in the door and usually a story as well. She was the Champion for all of us who worked with her and the Band-Aid for us when we hurt. All she ever demanded from us, was the truth. She was a consoling, compassionate heartwarming person that I'm sure will leave an empty place in the family but not in the hearts of everyone that loved her and knew her. Remember healing is in every memory . My sincere condolences.
    Lisa Blair-Kennell
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