Leora Esther Eldredge Gardner

The Payette Independent
Thursday, December 29, 1927

Leora Esther Eldredge was born in Morris County, Kansas, September 11, 1897. In 1909 she came with her parents Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Eldredge to Idaho where they lived on a farm near Fruitland. She graduated from the Fruitland High School with the class of 1917. January 6, 1918 she married Amos A. Garnder, of Payette. To this union were born five children, Byron, Eugene, Jack, Helen and Baby Kenneth. In giving life to Kenneth the supreme sacrifice of motherhood was made. She died December 22, 1927 at 9:40 p.m. being at the age of 30 years, 3 months and 11 days. How applicable is the scripture of 1 Timothy 2:15, "Not-withstanding she shall be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, charity and holiness with sobriety."

Besides her husband and little ones she leaves her parents, 7 sisters and six brothers. Brothers and sisters of the deceased are as follows: Mrs. Mary Burnett, of Wilder, Idaho; George Eldredge, of Delta, Ohio; Mrs. C. H. Sargent, Mrs. E. B. Sargent, Mrs. Oliver Bingaman, Mrs. Harry Curtis and Frank Eldredge, of Fruitland; Leon Eldredge, of Delta, Utah; Mrs. Lyle Brown, of Boise, Idaho; Tom Eldredge, of Corvallis, Oregon; Fred and Glen Eldredge, of South Bend, Indiana; and Mrs. John Metzler, of Burbon, Indiana.

For the past six years the Gardner family have been living in Oregon, with the exception of one year spent in California. Since August they have been living in Fruitland.

Lola as she was known by her friends was of quiet disposition, a good mother and a true friend. At the age of 13 years she publicly confessed her Christ and united with the church of the Brethren. Her Faith in the Infinite was manifested when on the evening before her death she asked to be anointed with oil and be prayed for according to the scripture of James 5. Her last words expressed confidence and peace as glimpses of a fairer land seemed to be visualized before her.

Funeral services were held from the Brethren church Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. H. G. Shank and the body laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery in Payette. The many beautiful flowers, and the large crowd of sorrowing friends who attended the services, were as tokens of the high esteem in which this beloved woman was held. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved ones, especially to the husband and the 5 poor babies, who will never know or have a mother's love.