Doris May Garner (nee Armstrong) went to join her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. She was a homemaker and a Kansas girl at heart but considered herself a Razorback through and through. She traveled the world with her husband Bob and daughters, Patricia and Carol, courtesy of the United States Air Force. Moving every three years required making new friends every year, and Doris stayed in touch with them way before the Internet and Facebook.
When Doris and Bob settled in Van Buren, she quickly became active in her church, community and state. She was the consummate volunteer. She was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church and served the Lord through her church all her life. Doris was a lifetime member of the Crawford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (now Summit); serving on the board and volunteering in many capacities. She especially enjoyed being Mrs. Santa Claus each year. Her lovely gray hair and bun fit the role well.
Politics were a big part of Doris’ life. A Yellow Dog Democrat, she was extremely proud of working with Bill Clinton from the early days when he first ran for Arkansas attorney general. Attending both of President Clinton’s inaugurations was a reward for many years of hard work. She worked at the polls and served on the Crawford County Democratic Committee.
Doris joined the Bond Special Club of Extension Homemakers, serving as club president for the first time in 1974 and holding many offices, including state president from 1981 to 1983. Through EHC, she began working with the Crawford County Fair Board, judging fairs all across Northwest Arkansas and attending more conventions of the Arkansas Fair Managers Association than she could count. She was also a devoted supporter of the Crawford County 4-H and the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, enjoying this work for more than 50 years. In keeping with Doris’ zest for life, she was an active member of the Women’s League, Red Hat Society, Railroad Club, Literary Club and Book Review Club. Doris biggest joy in life was being with and doting on her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Just as Doris’ family was always uppermost in her heart, she will always be uppermost in ours. Fond memories of our grandma GG, Doris May Armstrong Gardner will remain with us always. She was preceded in death by husband, Robert M. Garner; both parents, Archie and Ruth (Hill); two sisters, Betty Seaborn and Wanda Bishop; two brothers, J.R. and Robert Armstrong; and one son-in-law, David DeLozier.
She is survived by two daughters, Pat Adelman and husband Stan of Fayetteville and Carol Sines and husband Howard of Van Buren; five grandchildren, Michael, Jeremy, Lisa, Mindy and Nicole; seven great-grandchildren, Justin, Mikayla, Anna, Jake, Nick, Zoe and Dava; and one honorary daughter, Cheryl Stewart.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Vernnon, Jeremy Vernnon, DeWayne Garner, Henry (Skip) Steele, Richie Guthrie and Rob Schmitt.
The family will visit with relatives and friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson St., Van Buren.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Farmer Food Pantry at First Presbyterian Church of Van Buren, 108 S. 10th St.
Online tributes may be made at www.ockerfuneralhome.com.