Elizabeth (Betty) Washburn Gardner, 89,
of New Milford, CT, died peacefully on
Sunday, February 14th, at Danbury
Hospital with her family at her side.
Betty was born in Tenafly, NJ where she also
grew up. She was the elder daughter of
Jean Paul deBruch and Janet (Yoppke)
Washburn. She was predeceased by her
Husband of 46 years, the Rev. Donald J.
Gardner. Betty attended Dwight School
for Girls and went on to Smith College,
where she played basketball, majored in
chemistry and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in
1947. Her first job as a chemist in NYC led her
to join The Athletic Club at St. Bartholomew’s
Episcopal Church in Manhattan, NY. It was
there that she met her husband, Don. They
were married in Brooklyn, NY in 1956. She
became devoted to spreading the good word
of salvation through Jesus Christ, which she
continued throughout her life.
Betty was an active member of St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church in Brookfield, CT for the
past 36 years. Prior to that she was a member
of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Ardsley, NY,
where her husband was a rector from 1958-1977.
In 1977 she moved with her family to New
Milford, CT, where she was employed by the Town
of New Milford from 1977-1998. She was the
first Outreach Worker for the Senior Center and
eventually became New Milford’s Municipal
Agent for the Elderly.
Throughout her life, Betty had a love of travel.
She visited many countries in Europe, Asia and
the Caribbean. Her favorite destination was
Bermuda where she spent many summers,
discovered a love of the ocean and made many
lifelong friends. Betty loved all sports, both as a
player and a spectator. She always played to win!
Betty is survived by her son, Don Gardner and his wife
Laurie of Glastonbury, CT, and a son Christopher Gardner
and his wife Jackie of New Milford, CT. She was a
devoted Grandmother to Daniel, Grace, Caroline and
Christopher Gardner. Betty is also survived by a
Sister Jeanne Holleman of Westport, CT. The
Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church in Brookfield, CT on Saturday, February 20th,
at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
in Betty’s memory to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
Brookfield, CT or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
in Ardsley, NY. Arrangements were handled by the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.