Doretta "Dee" Gardner
Aug 11, 1931 – Dec 29, 2015
Doretta “Dee” Gardner was born on August 11th, 1931 and passed away on December 29th, 2015 after many years fighting both breast & lung cancers. Recently diagnosed with stomach cancer that finally took her home to Heaven she is now an angel looking over us. She was surrounded by her loving children, Cindy & Keith. Mom was proceeded in death by her parents, Ralph and Catherine Lee (nee Katarina Soderlind); sisters, LaVonne Lee, Ginger Marek, & Patricia Gauff, and brother, Charles “Buddy” Lee. She is survived by husband, Harrison, daughter, Cindy Gardner of Auburn, son Gary (Patty) of Waikoloa, Hawaii, and son Keith (Carol) of Seattle; Siblings, twin brother, Donald Lee of Seattle, Joyce Eide of Seattle, Bonita Key of Seattle, and Bobbie Obermarck of Renton; Grandchildren Jason, Serina, Agnes, Sam, & Dakotah; great-grandchildren; Alexis, Olivia, Shelbie, Cheyenne, Charlotte, great-great grandson, Markus; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visits by her sisters Joyce and Bobbie, brother, Don, and nieces Debbie, Julie, Mona, & Rebecca, Cathi, and great-niece, Caitlin, nephews Richard and Ron, grandson Dakotah, and friend Cat, were all a source of comfort for Mom while in the hospital. She adored all her family and friends.
Mom graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle. She attended various clerical courses and held a variety of jobs while also being a homemaker. She would earn extra money in the Fall to insure her children had the best Christmases.
The family would like to say a special thank you to all the medical staff at Swedish Hospital, First Hill on Floor 7 as well as the staff at Swedish Orthopedic Institute on Floor 5 for taking such good care of Mom in her time of need.
Our Mom was the best mother to her children and the best friend to all who was blessed to know her.
Rest in peace Mom. We love you more than you will ever know.
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