Doris I. Gardner

August 19, 1920 ~ February 17, 2020 (age 99)


Doris  I. Gardner, 99,  of Stewartville and formerly of Chatfield, MN  died on Monday (February  17,  2020) of  natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center where she had been a resident since 2015.

Doris Irene Herrick was born on August  19, 1920 in Chatfield,MN  to Wilfred and Anna(Schultz) Herrick.  She grew up in Chatfield and attended school there,  graduating from Chatfield H.S.  Doris  was married in 1942 in Chatfield to Russell  Gardner.  Following their marriage the couple lived in rural  Chatfield where they farmed and they were also employed at the State Hospital in Rochester. In 1963 they moved to Cape Coral,FL where they made their home for over 40 years.  Doris continued her education receiving her L.P.N nursing degree and was employed at Ft. Myers Hospital for a number of years until her retirement. Russell was employed as a fireman with the City of Cape Coral and was also a cabinet maker and landscaper.  Mr.  Gardner died on  May 23,  2009.  That same year Doris moved back to MN to be near family. Doris and Russell enjoyed traveling by tour bus and had visited every U.S. State except Alaska. They were avid league bowlers and loved to square dance and belonged to a 100 mile square dance club in Florida. Doris also enjoyed fishing,  playing cards,  puzzles and with Russell , always enjoyed entertaining family and visitors in sunny Florida.

Doris is survived by her brother-in-law – Joe(Sharon) Gardner of Dexter,MN and nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband  - Russell,  her parents, 1 sister – Hazel Michaelson  and 1  brother  - Kenneth Herrick.                  

In keeping with Doris’s wishes no services or visitation are planned at this time.  Burial and a committal service will be held at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens in Ft. Myers, FL where Doris will be laid to rest with her husband Russell.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Doris  are welcome at

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