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Dorothy Selden Warner Gardner

Dorothy Selden Warner Gardner

Sunday, September 15th, 2019
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Dorothy Selden Warner Gardner (wife of the late William Rush Gardner, Jr) passed to her heavenly home September 15, 2019 in Greensboro, NC. She was born March 21, 1929 in Richmond. Her parents were the late Thomas and Pauline Warner and her sister was the late Polly B. Warner.

She was raised in Tappahannock and lived most of her adult life in her ancestral home “Sunnyside” in Dunnsville, Va.

At the age of 7, she began writing a weekly column, the “Children’s News” for the Rappahannock Times. 2 years later, she appeared on “We the People” in NY and received national recognition as the country’s youngest columnist. For 2 years, she broadcast “The Children’s News” over WRTD in Richmond.

During World War II, she was a reporter for the Baltimore News Post and Sunday American newspapers. She attended St. Margaret’s and Kenwood High School and graduated from Tappahannock High School. She graduated with a BA from Westhampton College and worked on a master’s degree from ODU.

She taught at both the primary and secondary levels and retired as a certified real estate appraiser with Gardner Realty.

She was raised in Rappahannock Christian Church and served as a teacher and deaconess. She was very active in the community – serving as presidents of Center Cross PTA, Essex Woman’s Club, Lettice Lee Chapter Colonial Dames 17th Century, Regent for the Henricopolis Chapter of DAR and a member of the Jamestown Society. She and Helen Ware co-authored a handbook for senior citizens. She also wrote and directed Memorial Day services honoring Essex County citizens serving in Desert Storm and the dedication of the cannon.

Dorothy and Rush had three children; William R Gardner III (Lynn) of Summerfield, NC; Dorothy G Aikin (Don) of Wake Forest, NC; and the late Pearce Gardner; three grandchildren, Sam S. Aikin (Katrina), Dorothy S. Aikin, and Katherine L. Gardner and one great grandchild, Colton R. Williams.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019 in Rappahannock Christian Church, Dunnsville with Dr. Kenneth C. Wilbur officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Millers Tavern.

Donations may be made to Rappahannock Christian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or Hospice of Greensboro (2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405).
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  • Service

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Rappahannock Christian Church
    393 Dunnsville Rd,
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  • Interment

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    7924 Richmond-Tappahannock Hwy
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