Harriet Lowe Gardner

Harriet L. Gardner, 94, of Greensboro, went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2021 surrounded by the love of her children and grandchildren. She joined her husband of 69 years, Max Gardner and daughter, Wanda Leigh Gardner in holy reunion.
A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at Lakeview Memorial Park Saturday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m.
Harriet was born September 9, 1926 to the late William Brown Lowe and Lucy Dunbar Lowe. She was deeply committed to her church and immersed herself in the community at Memorial Presbyterian Church. Pastors were always welcome for a visit and could frequently be found visiting in the front room of the Gardner home. She watched many pastors come and go and often took on the role of substitute grandma for their children.
There was always a steady stream of visitors, and Harriet greeted them graciously and with love. You never came over without being offered some sort of treat. She even kept special candy on hand just for gluten and dairy free visitors. Family or not, it always felt like home. For this reason, the house was never quiet for long. People came back because of the way she made them feel. She loved the way Jesus did, everyone was always welcome, there was always room.
Harriet put her love of people and conversation to use at Beacon Place as a volunteer.
She was a simple woman and found joy in the little things. She loved the birds that would gather outside the window beside her kitchen table, planting flowers, and enjoying fresh air on the porch. A trip to the beauty parlor to get her hair and nails done were all that was needed to lift her spirits. Oh, and coffee. She loved a good cup of coffee!
Harriet’s pride and joy was her family. She always looked forward to the cousin’s reunion in Ohio on the Ohio River, stopping along the way at all the places with “the best snacks”. She never missed an opportunity to introduce her children and grandchildren and brag on them. She enjoyed their visits and sharing gifts with them. Whether it be a sweet treat, a piece of jewelry they admired, a little trinket, or gas money, you never left empty handed. Harriet and Max laid the foundation for a family that is loyal and loves fiercely.
Surviving are her children Rebekah G. Otwell and her husband, Jim; Max E. Gardner Jr. and his wife, Lisa; Sharon G. McDowell and her husband, Patrick; her granddaughters Meredith Otwell, Margaret O. McCracken and her husband, Mark; Abbie Gardner, Gracie Gardner, Sydney McDowell, Mia McDowell; Great grandchildren Max and Hunter McCracken. She leaves behind a vibrant legacy of love in her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2116 McKnight Mill Road, Greensboro, NC, 27405 or to Beacon Place, 2502 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC, 27405.
Online condolences may be made at www.forbisanddick.com.
Forbis and Dick North Elm Chapel is assisting the Gardner family.

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