Elizabeth Adele Feuss Gardner died on Saturday, January 19, 2019. She was born on September 18, 1929 in New York City to the late Louis William and the late Elizabeth Huntington Feuss. In addition to her parents, Betsy was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Douglas Shipman Gardner. A long-time resident of Fairfield, Connecticut, and later of St. Petersburg, Florida, Betsy has lived at Westminster-Canterbury in Lynchburg, Virginia, since 2010.
A truly talented and committed teacher and educational administrator, Betsy left a vibrant legacy of pedagogy and leadership at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut and Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. Her innovation and ability to inspire confidence and teach children to read were remarkable; she truly “touched the future.” She had an extraordinary gift for teaching and for connecting with children and their parents and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.
Remembered with love for her devotion to her family, dedication to her students, extraordinary meals, writing skills, and Scrabble ability, Betsy also delighted in vacations in Maine and her legion of friends.
She is survived by her three children, Susan Bowers (Paul) of Whittier, Calif.; Mollie Ledford (Tom) of Lynchburg, and Douglas, Jr. (Wendy) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barrington, R.I.; four grandchildren, Caitlin Pinnt (Aaron) of Upland, Calif., Alison Mayhew Tuck (Daniel) and Brice Mayhew, all of Lynchburg, Alex Drexler of Mountain View, Calif.; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Margaret Pinnt, of Upland, Calif. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Roney (Ted) of Mountain Home, Ariz.; her brother-in-law, Capt. Richard C. Gardner, USN Ret. (Zita) of San Diego, Calif.; four nieces; two nephews and numerous cousins.
The family wants to thank the staff on the 4th (Drinkard) and 6th (Hearthside) floors at Westminster Canterbury and the Senior Independence Hospice for their warm and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by a memorial donation to the Employee Christmas Fund at Westminster Canterbury, 500 VES Road, Lynchburg VA 24503, Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 1st St NE, St. Petersburg FL 33703, or to the charity of your choice.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Peakland United Methodist Church, 4434 Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior at 3 p.m. in the Narthex.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.