Ann Elizabeth (Gray) Gardner
  • 56 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 30, 1959
  • Place of birth:
    Rochester, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: May 13, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
Let the memory of Ann be with us forever

Ann Elizabeth (Gray) Gardner, born June 30, 1959 at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, NY passed away in Port Charlotte, FL May 13, 2016.

Predeceased by her parents, Alberta and William Gray, brother William Gray and brother-in-law Michael Gardner.  Survived by her beloved husband Thomas Gardner, daughters Jacqueline (Kevin) Mix, Ciara (Johnny) Shortridge, Kendra (Steve) Smietana; grandsons Kaeden, Liam Mix, Henry Smietana;  Sisters & brothers, Barbara, Mary, Joanne (Dick) Budynas, Thomas (Sandy), Patti (Tom) Templeton, Peggy (Jim) Strickland, Bob (Kathy), John (Ellen), Dan (Colleen), sisters and brothers in-laws, Karin (Dan) Maines, John, Ellen (Dale) Montondo, Kelly (John) Erwin; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

The life and memory of Ann Elizabeth Gardner will be celebrated on Wednesday May 18th 2016 at 3pm at the Royal Order of the Moose located at 3642 Loveland Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Family and friends of are encouraged to make a donation in Ann's name to the Animal Welfare League of Port Charlotte in lieu of, or in addition to floral arrangements. More info can be found at or by calling 941-625-6720. Be sure to donate in the memory of Ann Gardner. We sincerely thank you for your generosity.

Ann may be kindly remembered at and on Facebook at


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Colleen Gray on 30th June 2016

"Today is your birthday.  Happy Birthday to my bestest friend ever.  I hope you are having one hell of a party with all our friends and family that left us to early.  I miss you so much it hurts.  There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not thinking of you.  Love you to the moon and beyond! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Sandra Barrett on 21st May 2016

"Ann your smile and laughter lit up the Adirondack.  You were a shining light where ever you went with an infectious sense of humor wrapped in kindness and fun. You will always be remembered and missed.
RIP my friend."

This tribute was added by Lucille Ross on 19th May 2016

"Tom,Jackie,Ciara & Kendra   My heart is truly saddened to hear about your loss. Its been a long time but we always remember your beautiful family and the fun. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Lucille, Bob and family"

This tribute was added by Barry Kramberg on 19th May 2016

"Ann, we are sorry to see you go so soon but we believe you are in a beautiful place. We will be praying for the Gardner and Gray families and all your friends. Condolences to the families."

This tribute was added by Bill Dean on 19th May 2016

"Pat and I were so unhappy when we got the news about Ann.  Unfortunately when we learned of the memorial it was too late for us to attend.  We didn't know Ann very long but it was enough for us to realize what a great person she was.  She died too young and her family is and will be in our thoughts and prayers.  Bill"

This tribute was added by Lucy Gardner on 18th May 2016

"So very many broken hearts. So hard to believeyou've left us all. We're all praying for you and to you now. Keep watch over this big flock from your special spot. You were the best in all endeavors. Can't help thinking you'll be getting Heaven in order!!"

This tribute was added by Ellen Gray on 18th May 2016

"This is very hard to grasp losing someone so fast and unexpected, my heart goes out to all family and friends that had the pleasure of knowing Annie.  We all will miss her smile and loving spirit she had for all in her path and we will all miss her laugh and quick wit and her great hospitality and love for family gatherings and friends.  Annie you were called home to Heaven because you already did all the great things on Earth you were called to do.  We will all truly miss you and long to see you again in Heaven.  Love you so much and feel truly blessed to be your sister in law."

This tribute was added by Kathy Gray on 17th May 2016

"Thinking of you Tom, Jackie, Ciara, Kendra and families.  I offer my sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife, mom, grandmother.  I want to share a humorous memory.  

When Grandma Al moved into her new Hallcrest home, Anne asked if I would fly down and help them set up the house. I was quite excited and happy to do so. So, after a day or so, we are awaiting the furniture which was due to be there around 5 pm.  Well nothing showed up til about 9 pm. Two very scary dudes arrived in a big rig and began to install sofas, chairs and dressers. Now it's dark out and the "boys" bring in a few items and then they go back in the truck for what seems like way too long.  They resume the moving but look pretty "wasted" and are getting a bit testy.  Anne pulls me aside and says that she has 2 big kitchen butcher knives that we need to use if necessary to protect ourselves and Gram against these thugs. By then, we had a bit of wine and were feeling pretty brave.  Well, as you know, the furniture got delivered and the "boys" left around midnight.  But those few hours worrying and plotting with Anne to take on the enemy was really exciting and looking back;  a freaking "riot"!  Thanks Anne for a great adventure.  God bless you."

This tribute was added by Patrick Runne on 17th May 2016

"Anne , may you find peace and light up Heaven with your smile. Will always remember our Christmas dinner with you a Tom. Thank you for being such a great friend to my little sister. R.I.P."

This tribute was added by Patrick Runne on 17th May 2016

"Anne may you have peace and"

This tribute was added by Patrick Runne on 17th May 2016

"So very sorry for the loss of a good mother , family member , friend to all and especially to Tom.  May you have peace and may you light up the heavens with your smile."

This tribute was added by Meg Dugan on 17th May 2016

"My thoughts and prayers are with you, your daughters and the entire Gray family. Ann was a wonderful person and will be missed. She was lucky to have lived such a life full of love and kindness."

This tribute was added by Kathy Giunta on 17th May 2016

"Tom, Jackie, Ciara and Kendra, Our hearts truly break for you...we understand the pain and hope you know our love & thoughts are with you as you try to wrap your arms around the sudden loss of such a beautiful wife, Mom and Grandma. Ann will be missed forever by so many, but what a legacy she left....her laughter, her fighting spirit, her welcoming ways and....what a hostess! Somehow in time, you will find the strength to continue forward in her honor. Tom & I were blessed to know her. I'll never forget all the great times shared in Ontario, along other many other times after. Love, Tom & Kathy"

This tribute was added by jim kelley on 17th May 2016

""To Ann one of the most loving, caring neighbors who was always there when she was needed. We know you are in a better place; but we will miss you. To the family words can't convey how sorry we are for your loss, may God be with you.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers.""

This tribute was added by Brenda Nitsch on 17th May 2016

"Ciara, I am very sorry for your loss.  I haven't seen you or your family in a very long time, but I remember your mom's beautiful smile, and I remember her as being both gracious and caring.  You are in my thoughts and prayers.  Brenda Nitsch (Webster Thomas HS)"

This tribute was added by Chelsea Shoup on 17th May 2016

"To Ciara, Tom and the rest of the family, my sincere condolences. Ann was always so sweet to me and we shared a love of animals. I am completely heartbroken and cannot imagine how you all are feeling. My thoughts and love are with you.  I'm here if you need me, Cici.

Chelsea & Michael"

This tribute was added by Jim Ledsome on 17th May 2016

"Tom, Girls, all family,
My prayers are with you all. Take solace she's living well in Heaven. It would hurt her if she thought you were suffering. She's praying for you as she's in peace waiting for you all to meet up with her again.

Tommy, I'll never forget the breakfast when Ann came in her PJ's to get you out of Constantino's. She probably saved your life that night and every day after.
God's speed, Annie.

Jim Ledsome & Family."

This tribute was added by Lauren Doyle on 17th May 2016

"Our deepest sympathy to the Gray and Gardner families.  Ann was a sweetheart and we enjoyed all of the times we got to be in her company. We will keep her and your families in our thoughts and prayers.
With love from the Doyle Family"

This tribute was added by Tracy O'Neill on 17th May 2016

"Rest in peace Ann, way to soon for such a wonderful person."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Mathis-Vacco on 17th May 2016

"Dick, Jo & family We are so very sorry for your loss.  Our thought's & prayers are with all of you.

Nick & Cheryl Vacco"

This tribute was added by John Gray on 17th May 2016

"The Good Lord works in mysterious ways. He took you in a hurry. None of us were ready for this or really understand why you had to go so soon. I (we) love you Annie and wish we had more time with you. You always said "life is short", but never knew whose you were referring to. You always worked so hard to make everyone else happy. You made it to the Sunshine State, and you so loved the Sun, flowers, the warm weather, and especially your family. Your heart was full of love and smiles and you will never be forgotten. Please say hello to Mom for us and watch out for us from Heaven.
Brother John"

This tribute was added by Judy Arena on 17th May 2016

"Sent with love and remembrance........please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your precious Wife, Mom, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and friend.  Praying for peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.   May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.  God Bless  Love Judy Story......."

This tribute was added by Colleen Gray on 17th May 2016

"Ann, you left us way to early, but I know you are watching over us.  There will never be enough words for the heartache and how much I will miss you every single day.  You know I loved you beyond words, that won't end.  Please rest easy in knowing Dan and I will watch over the gang.  Love you Sis ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"

This tribute was added by Jenny Drdul on 17th May 2016

"Jacque and Family, I am so sorry for you all.  Your Mom was taken way to young!  May you all cherish the wonderful memories you have and I hope they bring you some comfort at this terrible time.  Heaven has a beautiful angel!  RIP Ann."

This tribute was added by Donna Murphy on 16th May 2016

"To the newest and most beautiful angel in heaven...Ann, you will never be forgotten and will always be loved.  You have given us so many memories and wonder times that we will all cherish forever.  It is hard to believe that you have been called home so soon, but we all know that you will be waiting up there with open arms when it is our time.  God bless you on this trip to eternity.  I love you."

This tribute was added by ICS Cremation and Funerals, Inc. on 16th May 2016

"R.I.P. Ann"

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