1931 – 2020
Emily was born at home, November 8, 1931, in Verden, Oklahoma and died on January 31, 2020, at Touchmark in Edmond. Her parents were Mary Eunice (Hatcher) Allen and Henry Lewis Allen. She had three older brothers, Tom, Lewis and Bill. Emily was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and her husband of 67 years, John Howard Gardner, M.D. She is survived by their four children: Debi Gardner and her partner, Debbie Hardway of Edmond, John S. Gardner of Edmond, Becky Roman and husband David of Guthrie, and Julie West and husband Greg of Hutchinson, KS. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Joshua Roman of New York City; Kate Gungor and husband David, and their four children, Evie, Harry, Bea, and Eddie of New York City; Nate Roman and his wife Michelle, and their three sons Benjamin, Matthias, and Caleb of St.Louis, MO; Isaac Roman and his wife Rebekah of Edmond, OK; Kelsey West, Weston Unruh and his son Will of Fort Collins, Colorado; Taylor West of Brooklyn, NY; and Travis West and Haley Nelson of Hutchinson, KS. Emily is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as one cousin, Mary Lou Dickson of Oklahoma City.
Their family grew to 6 before John started his medical practice in Shawnee in 1962. After the kids were grown, John’s practice took them to Chickasha, Clinton and then the Oklahoma City area. After retirement, John and Emily continued to live in Edmond, and moved to the Touchmark Retirement Community in 2008.
This is a woman whose family was her universe. She was our celebrator-in-chief. She taught us to be kind and considerate of others, that life could be simple and sweet and, most importantly, that friends and family were everything. She was a champion hugger; her smile was brighter than the sun and her kisses on your cheek could almost burst an eardrum. She was a gifted musician and artist and brought joy to everyone she encountered through the last day of her life.
Public visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, OK. Her funeral will be held at Matthews Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, at 2:00 pm followed by burial at Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma.