Unity, N.H.- Mary Lillis Gardner, 92 a longtime resident of Lake Street in Swanzey, N.H. and more recently of Summer Street in Newport, N.H. died Friday afternoon, September 15, 2017 at Sullivan County Health Care Center in Unity where she had been a patient for the last month.
Mrs. Gardner was born in Brattleboro on June 11, 1925 the daughter of Daniel and Olivette (Buckley) Lillis. She was raised and educated in Brattleboro attending Saint Michael’s Parochial School and was a graduate of Saint Michael’s High School.
She was a graduate of the Thompson School for Practical Nursing later completing her clinical at New London, (CT) Hospital.
She had been employed for many years at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and previously worked at the Brattleboro Mutual Aid Association formerly on Harris Place.
A devout Catholic, she was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and was a member for many years of the Daughters of Isabella, Ave Maria Circle #128.
Of her leisure time activities, she enjoyed golf and traveling.
She was first married to Dominic Canova and later married Richard Gardner who predeceased her.
Survivors include one son, Michael Canova of Charles Town, W.V., a daughter, Maryann “Nicki” Coffman of Cedar Grove TN, several grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
She was predeceased by one brother, John F. Lillis and two sisters, Margaret E. Johnson and Olivette J. Lillis.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church, 47 Walnut Street, Brattleboro with Fr. Justin Baker, pastor, celebrant. Committal Rites and burial will follow in the Lillis family lot in Saint Michael’s Parish Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Wednesday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the start of the Mass.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Gardner’s name may be made to, Saint Michael’s School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 in care of Elaine Beam, principal.
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