H. Florene Gardner, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 9, 2011, in Camarillo, after a brief illness.
Florene was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, on August 23, 1922, to Homer and Opal Robb. The family would eventually move to California and Florene would graduate from Glendale High School in 1940.
Florene married Charles N. Nickell, July 18, 1943, in Glendale, California. Charles was in the Army Air Corps and served his country overseas as a pilot during World War II. Together, Florene and Charles had three children, Charles, Gary and Theresa. Charles passed away in May of 1965.
In the late 1960s Florene met Bill O. Gardner at a Crescenta Valley High School Football game. Bill admired her that evening for sitting in rain for the entire game, watching her son, Gary, play Football.
Florene and Bill were married February 6, 1971. The resided in LaCrescenta until the early 1980’s when, because of Bill’s employment with a hardware supplier, they moved to Vacaville. Florene was always a supportive wife and homemaker. While in Vacaville they adopted and raised Florene’s granddaughters, Sarah and Amber. After raising their children, they once again became avid high school boosters and PTA members for their grandchildren. Upon Amber’s graduation from high school, they returned to Southern California, buying a retirement home in Leisure Village in Camarillo. They were also active in that community, jointing the RV Club and making many new friends.