Mary Ruth Hardee Gardner

Mary Ruth Hardee Gardner, 88, of Patterson, passed away late Wednesday morning, May 20, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Patterson, June 22, 1931, she had lived there all of her life. She had owned and operated Sam’s Seaford with her late husband, Samuel William “Sam” Gardner, for over 50 years.  She was a member of Patterson Baptist Church where she was in the Joy Sunday school class.  She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

She was the daughter of the late George Elbert and Marie Tyre Hardee. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by both of her brothers, Marvin Hardee and Gene Hardee.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Dan Brooks, Patterson; two granddaughters, Mandy and Tim Powers and Meranda and Chris Corbitt; five great-grandchildren, Makala Crews, Timmy Powers, Annie Powers, Kaitlyn Corbitt and Kristal Corbitt and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, May 22, from the Patterson Cemetery.  

Memorials may be made to Hospice Satilla, 808 Evergreen Way, Waycross, GA  31501 or to the Patterson Baptist Church, 5770 E. Main St., Patterson, GA  31557.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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