Margaret Byrd Gardner, age 82, of Chattanooga, died Thursday, December 29, 2005 in a local hospital.
She was the daughter of the late Ben Augustus and Minnie Lea Kelley Byrd. She attended Chattanooga City Schools and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
She taught at Tyson Junior High School in Knoxville, St. Luke Methodist Kindergarten and Hixson First Baptist Child Development Center Preschool.
A longtime member of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, she was a chancel choir and bell choir member, officer of the Presbyterian Women, and first administrator of the Early Learning Center.
She was the widow of the late James G. Gardner.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean Anne Gardner Self and James C. Crumley of Chattanooga; two grandsons, Philip Gardner Self and Mark Andrew Self of Chattanooga; one brother, Dr. Ben A. Byrd, Jr. of Hickory, NC.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chattanooga National Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Rivermont Presbyterian Church with Dr. Daniel Sansbury officiating.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 4-6 p.m. at the church in the Commons area.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rivermont Presbyterian Church Early Learning Center, 3319 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, TN 37415.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, TN.
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