Grace Lynn Rothmayer attended her first Gardner family reunion on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Big brother Jay enjoyed “farming on the floor” with cousins Lydia and Kyler. Cousin Cody and family were at the Special Olympics.
Descendants of William F. Gardner had gathered as they do each year to visit, share memories and photographs, and enjoy a bountiful carry-in dinner. This year’s lunch at the Osceola Optimist Building was blessed with a prayer by Dan Wisner and included take-out from Chicken Mary’s of Pittsburg, KS. Mr. Gardner’s father, James D. Gardner, came to St. Clair County in the early 1840’s and moved to the farm east of Rainey in November of 1865.
Present were two of his grandchildren: Charles Ward and Luella (Gardner) Meloy and husband, Bill, plus Betty (McCoy) Jacobs, Jeanie (Gardner) Floyd, Connie Ward, Linda Ward, John “Dean” Claypool, Ben Gardner, Mark Meloy and Jackson, Curtis and Lucinda Wisner, Joe and Colleen (Wisner) Hubbard, Kyler Foley, Dan and Shelby Wisner and Lydia, Jeremy and Rachel (Gardner) Rothmayer, Jay and Grace, Don Baker and Erlene Nall.