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Phyllis Gardner

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Phyllis was born in a farmhouse between Lamont and Strawberry Point, Iowa on October 22, 1928, to Joseph A. Livezey and Aseneth (Brant) Livezey. To this union was also born her brother, Herold, who is deceased.

She entered eternal rest on December 31, 2022. Her interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens. A memorial service for Phyllis Gardner will be held at 2:00 PM, February 4, 2023, at The Bridge Reformed Church. A visitation will be held an hour before her memorial service.

Her growing up years were spent in Fairbank, Iowa. Her father died when she was very young. She received her Christian training from her mother, who also was a hugger. Her love of baking pies came at an early age, which has been enjoyed for many years.

On May 22, 1949, she and Roger Gardner were married, and to this union, two children were born – Andrea and Wayne.

Together, Phyllis and Roger started a very successful wedding invitation business, which they carried from their home for thirty years. This brought many wonderful people across their path.

Phyllis always recognized God’s influence in her life. Her love for Jesus was very evident in how she lived. In 2006, her “Hugs for Jesus Ministry” began, after the Lord gave her the idea. She shared many hugs with buttons that read, “I give hugs for Jesus. Would you like one?” God blessed this ministry and continues to do so.

She is survived by their two children, Andrea (Jerry) Meyers and Wayne (Judy) Gardner; three grandsons, David Gardner, Jason (Kelly) Meyers, and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Meyers; four great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; two step-grandsons; five step-grandchildren (Nick is deceased); ten step-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be given to Hugs for Jesus Ministry, Bridge Reformed Church, or Suncrest Hospice.


The family gives thanks for the many acts of kindness, evidenced in thought, deed, and prayer and for your presence at this service.

The family invites you to join them for pie, following the service in memory of Phyllis.



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