Thursday, December 14, 2017

Adelaide S. Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Adelaide S. Gardner, age 94, of 2 Scott Avenue passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 18, 1923 in Friendship to Richard and Maybelle Templeton Stockman. On June 28, 1941 she married James Gardner in Friendship who predeceased her July 28, 2002.

Adelaide was a long time resident of Wellsville who graduated from Friendship Central High School. During WWII she worked at Acme Electric in Cuba making transistors for the war effort. Together with her husband Jim they ran Gardner Fire Equipment in Wellsville and she became active in the VFW Auxiliary, Woman of the Moose, and The Order of the Eastern Star. She later became involved with community fund raising for several charities including the Red Cross, the Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. She had several hobbies through the years and was always learning and looking for a challenge. At first it was pottery, she had her own wheel and kiln built next to the house. She then enjoyed photography with her own dark room in the basement, next it was candy making and cake decorating. Adelaide’s true passion was horses. A hobby she shared with her husband and their daughter Kim. Many hours where spent grooming the horses getting them ready for the weekend trips in the motor home to the horse shows. Adelaide also enjoyed horse racing, her quarter horse ‘Gal’ raced at Tioga Downs. She also enjoyed attending her granddaughters sporting events, affectionately called “grandma” by many of the girls.

Survivors include, her 3 sons, James [Linda] Gardner of State College, PA., Jon [Ann] Gardner of Wellsville, and Gene [Trina] Gardner of Green Valley, AZ.; a daughter, Kim [Bob] Noller of Little Genesee; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and 6 brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 18, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home. Memorials in Adelaide’s name may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit

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