Lulu Leona Gardner, daughter of M.H. and Sarah (Dilsaver) Sheldon, was born Jan. 20, 1917, in the sandhills of Nebraska.
She lived her first few years in a sod house, then moved to a brick house her father constructed with bricks he had made. She attended school in Sargent, Neb., and grew up there. She was one of eight children. Her mother died when she was 14, and Lulu helped raised her infant sister. She later moved to Omaha and went to beauty school.
She met Leo Gardner and moved to Iowa in 1940. They were united in marriage Aug. 24, 1940, in Blue Earth, Minn. They lived near Titonka for a few years before moving to Algona.
She lived in their home on East North Street for 60 years before moving to the Windsor Manor in 2013 at age 96. She drove her beloved 1983 Chrysler until she was 95. In 2015, she moved to the Algona Manor.
Lulu was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for many years and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a part of quilting ladies and played in the bell choir. She painted beautiful pictures and played the piano and organ by ear. She tired to learn how to read music but could not, but she could play anything by ear.
Luly passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.
Lulu is survived by her son Ronald Gardner of Georgetown, Texas; daughter Sharon (Russ) Canaday of Algona; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo, three brothers, two sisters, infant brother, and grandson Kurt Dahlberg. A memorial service for Lulu will be held later this spring. Online condolence may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralservcies.com.