GARDINER, Marlene (née Harding)

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Born on August 9, 1942. Passed away on January 17, 2022.

On January 17th 2022 at her home, Birregurra.  Dearly loved wife of Fred.  Loved mother and mother in law of Shane and Mel, and Darren and Georgia.  Loved Grandma of Cynthia and Ben, Trinity and Nate, and Anneliese; Cullen, Bodhi and Denham.  Loved Great Grandma of Huntah, Milena, River, Morgan and Rylee

Funeral Notice

Service: Monday January 24, 2022

The Funeral of Mrs Marlene Gardiner will be held at the Colac Lawn Cemetery on Monday, January 24, 2022, commencing at 2.00 p.m.

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  1. Grandma, I wish I spent more time with you. I will miss you dearly. I will hold on to my memories. Like when you and grandpa will visit and immediately offer a peppermint to us and I turn my nose up because they were so strong. Or when you would read me bedtime stories…

    I love you so much. Thankyou for everything you have done. I will miss you telling us stories of what it was like when you were younger. I will miss you and grandpa bickering. I will miss you

    Anneliese Gardiner January 20 2022 10:42 am
  2. Grandma,
    you were an amazing women. All the memories I have with you I will cherish forever, I only wish I could have come and visited earlier. I’m so glad you got to meet our 2 babies Huntah and Milena, they were only young at the time but they remember you as grandma Melbourne. That’s how they keep track of all there nans pops grandmas and grandpas.

    We will miss you dearly grandma, we will look after grandpa for you and make sure he is ok. You were his light to his darkness he loved you very much.
    Rest easy grandma we will meet again soon, love you

    Cynthia, ben, Huntah and milena xx

    Cynthia January 20 2022 12:51 pm
  3. I read something yesterday after we visited you and I felt like it rang true, “Sweet is the sleep that takes away the pain”.
    You never complained but we all saw how hard it could be and although I wish you had stayed so much longer I’m grateful you rest easy now.

    From me, I thank you for the eyebrow raises across the room in “those” moments, the giggling conversations in the corner, for the funny little stories you told.
    Mostly, thank you for the love you gave our boys, and for the man you raised your son to be.

    I will take care of him for you, I promise.

    Not many people know their in laws long before they are in laws, and I feel blessed to have known you so long.
    Thank you for everything Mum, it will never be the same without you.
    Love Georgy ❤

    Georgia Gardiner January 20 2022 3:19 pm
  4. I worked with Marlene at the State Electricity Commission many years ago So sorry to hear of her passing.

    Christine Tippins (nee Weatherall)

    Christine Tippins January 20 2022 7:25 pm
  5. Marlene Gardiner. Loved daughter of Leo andJoyce Harding (both dec) late of Birregurra dearly loved sister ofSpencer andBeverly Carol and John Neal Leigh and Rattanar Nita Vanessa andJohn Lawrence Adrian and Noel (both dec)She lived her life for those she loved and those she loved remember

    Carol Neal January 20 2022 8:02 pm
  6. We remember our sister and auntie Marlene with much love and affection We all have happy memories of the times we all spent together when growing up her illness hasn’t been easy but she met it head on and with Scotty’s care she was able to stay at home where she wanted to be she can now Rest In Peace Carol and John Wayne. Russell. Andrea. Lisa and there families

    Carol Neal January 20 2022 8:16 pm
  7. To my dear sister I will miss our many talks and you always wrote the best letters. The last few years were pretty tough and you battled on, but now you can rest. I will miss you very much. You leave a large gap in our lives.
    To Scotty Shane, Mel Darren,Georgia and to Marlene’s grandchildren and great grandchildren our thoughts are with you, now and into the future. Love Vanessa John and Family

    Vanessa Lawrence January 20 2022 11:23 pm
  8. To Scotty and family Our thoughts are with you all Thank you for the memories. Deepest Sympathy.

    Hilda, Roy Bentley and families.

    Hilda and Roy Bentley January 21 2022 7:57 am
  9. To Scotty & Family.
    my dear sister from Spencer & Bev.
    Auntie of Warren, Kerrie, Camden & Gavin.
    May the winds of love blow softly
    And whisper for you to hear
    That we will love & remember, and
    Forever keep you near.

    Spencer Harding January 21 2022 11:08 am
  10. To Scotty and all the family we send you our thoughts and best wishes.Good memories of working with you Fred over the years at Barwon Water.All the best for the future from Geoff Drayton and Heather Clissold.

    Geoff Drayton January 21 2022 12:18 pm
  11. Dear Carol and John l offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loving sister Marlene.

    Julie Campbell January 21 2022 4:40 pm
  12. Deepest sympathy to scotty and family on the passing of Marlene she was a very friendly person and always had a smile Joan Frank (dec) Lawrence and family

    Joan lawrence January 21 2022 7:43 pm
  13. Dear carol John and family
    Deepest sympathy on the passing of Marlene thinking of you all luv joan frank (dec) Lawrence and family

    Joan Lawrence and family January 21 2022 7:47 pm
  14. Mum, you were the soft place to fall in tougher times. You knew what to say always.
    We loved you more than words can ever say, and no matter how many phone calls, letters and how much time we had with you, we will always wish we could have had more.
    Dad was your rock, and you his, for 51 years, and you were the lynch pin for your sons our entire lives, no matter where we were.
    The boys adored you Granny, They will miss seeing you in your chair and their goodbye cuddles.
    We will see you again one day Mum. We believe that.
    You were loved and adored by us,
    Darren, Georgia, Cullen, Bodhi and Denham. Xx

    Darren Gardiner January 21 2022 11:29 pm
  15. To Scotty, Shane, Darren and their families and to Marlene’s brothers and sisters, our thoughts are with you. Marlene was such a sweet and kind soul. She will be so terribly missed. Marlene and Scotty were our neighbors for many years in Barwon Downs and my Mum, Helen and Dad, Jack White (now passed) thought the world of Marlene and Scotty.

    Lorraine White-Hancock and Adrian Hancock

    Lorraine White-Hancock January 22 2022 2:44 pm
  16. Darling Marlene, friend to me and to my family. You will be sorely missed by your loving family and to those of us who knew you as a friend. My condolences to Scottie and to your family.

    Always kind and thoughtful with a smile of greeting, a cup of tea and a hug. I will miss you but always keep you in my heart ❤️.

    Love always Maureen and Stephen

    Maureen White January 22 2022 3:35 pm
  17. Dear Marlene, much loved and respected Aunty of Russ.

    I am so grateful I got to see you once more at Christmas. I remember you in the ‘blue’ carriage waving goodbye as you returned to work in Melbourne, how happy we were when you came home for good. You were always interested in what we were all doing and when we moved away your letters always seemed to arrive when we needed them the most. Your laugh, your sense of humour and your ability to see humour in the ridiculous will be greatly missed.

    Deepest sympathy to Scottie, Shane, Darren and families. Our thoughts are with you.

    Russ and Sandy

    Russell Neal January 23 2022 9:41 pm
  18. I didn’t know you Marlene, however I know of you through your family, and know how much you are loved and will be missed, I wish I had the privilege of meeting you and sharing some stories, my condolences to your family for their loss, but your beautiful smile and soul will shine on, with much love from the beausangs

    Georgina beausang January 23 2022 9:53 pm
  19. To Nita, Carol and family, my condolences on the passing of your sister. From Jan, Casey, and Angie Watson.

    Jan+Watson January 23 2022 9:53 pm
  20. My deepest sympathy to Scotty, Shane and Mel, Darren and Georgy, as well as all of my cousins.
    Marlene will be missed so very much, by all of us.

    I wish that I could have made it back to Australia to see her one more time.
    I have so many fond memories of a wonderful childhood visiting Birregurra and your stunning garden, and being surrounded by my family at Christmas, Easter and birthdays.
    Marlene always remembered our birthdays, and I so enjoyed receiving her letters even after I moved overseas. I will remember her unwavering kindness, her sense of humour and her strength.

    Rest easy now Marlene, you can be proud of the wonderful family you leave behind you. All our love, from Amy, Seb and Livia.

    Amy Lawrence-Favre January 24 2022 6:18 am
  21. It is with much sadness that we mourn your passing. Rest in Peace Marlene we will meet again you now join mum and dad and Noel and Adrian.
    Rest easy as you no longer suffer

    Leigh Rattana
    Matthew Alyssa Parin Khata and Natee

    Leigh Harding January 24 2022 10:16 am
  22. To Scotty, Shane, Darren and families,
    Our thoughts are with you all, I have many fond memories of us all at Barwon Downs and Birregurra as kids. The last few years were pretty tough but so was she and she fought on, but now she can rest, free of pain. I will miss her.

    Wayne & family

    Wayne Neal January 24 2022 1:10 pm
  23. Our dear friend Marlene, it was a pleasure to have known you. We go back many years, our families enterwined us to our days at Barwon Downs – great little community, through school, tennis days, then John & Scotty with bowls and now Birregurra.
    You didn’t deserve to go through what you went through, it was the hand you were dealt – which you did with such courage and strength. I enjoyed catching up over the time, but seeing you struggling to stay was heartbreaking, you gave it your everything.

    To Scotty, what a great husband. How lucky for Marlene you took on the complete carer role with such love and compassion, you couldn’t have done anymore.

    To Shane and Darren, what a lovely Mum you had. She’d do anything for you boys and your families, she was so proud of you all. Her face would light up with just the mention of your names and what was happening in your lives.

    From us Roberts’ to you all, know that we feel for you, but take comfort in knowing Marlene, Mum and Granny is finally at peace, and you all have great memories of a well lived, wonderfully lovely, strong women.

    Our sympathy and love,
    Mary & family

    Mary Roberts January 24 2022 4:05 pm
  24. To Scotty, Shane Darren and families our very deepest sympathy on the passing of Marlene. I have happy memories working with Marlene at the State Electricity Commission in Colac and our family have good memories shared with Marlene and all of you at Barwon Downs.
    Winsome and Jos De Jong and family.

    Winsome De Jong January 25 2022 1:59 pm

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