Kaye Elaine Gardner, 67, died of natural causes at her home on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. She was born in Baton Rouge, La., while her father was serving in the Army Corps of Engineers. Kaye was a 1963 graduate of Roswell High and earned a degree in psychology from the University of Arizona.
In early adulthood, Kaye was an outgoing free spirit, bringing out the best in others. Kaye lived on both the East and West coasts of the U.S., and spent eight years in Paris.
Kaye returned to live in Roswell in 1988 and was a companion to her mother Geneva Bruin Gardner, who preceded her in death in the spring of this year. Her father Thomas Louis Gardner Jr., passed away in 1964.
She is survived by her three sisters, Mary Gardner, Nancy Gardner, Sally Gardner Giannini and her husband Bob; nephew Ryan Gardner Smith and his wife Katrina Tomas and their two children; her niece Jocelyn Price Smith and her husband Peter Greydanus and their soon- to-be daughter; uncle James L. Bruin; and cousins, Jay and Barbara Bruin.
A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at South Park Cemetery.
The Rev. Dr. Doug Mills of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Kaye will lie in repose at Ballard Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, from 1 to 7 p.m, and on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Roswell Symphony, 1717 W. Second St. Suite 205, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.