Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Louise Howard Gardner

Louise Howard Gardner, 91, of Albemarle passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at Spring Arbor. A memorial service to honor her life will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 1 PM in the Sunroom at Spring Arbor. Rev. Joe Smith will officiate.

Born December 13, 1928 in Stanly County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Curtis and Blanche Laughlin Howard. She was a member of the Albemarle Wesleyan Church and a retired employee of Wiscassett Mills. She and her husband also owned and operated Wink’s Barbecue for over 20 years.

Mrs. Gardner was preceded in death by her husband William Frank Gardner in 1991. She is survived by daughter Debbie Frick of Albemarle, two grandchildren Kristy Frick Abernethy and husband Jason of Mooresville and Steven Harkey and wife Michelle of Jamestown, NC, and two special great grandchildren Brynn and Brooks. A daughter Wynnell Harkey preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Albemarle, 202 N. Second Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 and Hospice of Stanly and Uwharrie, 960 N First St., Albemarle, NC 28001.

The family wishes to thank Spring Arbor of Albemarle and Hospice of Stanly and Uwharrie for their compassionate and loving care of Mrs. Gardner.


  • Gary Dick Posted December 24, 2019 1:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss, praying for peace and comfort 🙏🙏🙏

  • Cecila Smith Posted December 24, 2019 3:26 pm

    Debbie my heart goes out to You! So Sorry! Will never forget your sweet mother she was such a inspiration and always happy and such a pleasure to talk to! Sending you prayers! Love You! CC ❤❤❤❤

  • Patty williams Posted December 24, 2019 4:05 pm

    Prayers for you Debbie. We are so blessed that we had the chance to spend her last days with us.It was such an honor. I will never forget that beautiful smile.

  • Rita Helms Posted December 24, 2019 6:47 pm

    Debbie my heart goes out to you during this time. You will be in my prayers. I just went through this with my Mom. Hugs and special prayers.
    Rita Helms

  • Jo and Pete Culp Posted December 25, 2019 11:25 am

    Debbie…we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Aimée Burpeau Keter Posted December 25, 2019 11:47 pm

    Debbie and family you are in my prayers, sorry for your loss.

  • Phyllis Meservey Posted December 26, 2019 9:38 am

    My dear friend, Deb. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember that pretty smile your mom. Hold on to all those precious memories. I may be far away but my heart is with you.

  • Aisa Baldwin Posted December 27, 2019 11:57 am

    Debbie. I am so sorry. I didn’t realize she had been sick. I know she will surely be missed at Spring Arbor. Love and prayers to you.

  • Carol Shank Posted December 29, 2019 3:23 am

    Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met your mother. But from the posted comments she was well loved by those she met. I know she will be missed by you and the folks at Spring Arbor.Sending prayers and love to you and your family.

  • Janice Sides Greene Posted December 29, 2019 12:46 pm

    Deb, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family – So sorry for the loss of your mom🙏

  • Lisa Long Posted December 29, 2019 3:15 pm

    Debbie I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you 💕

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