Geneva Gardner

Geneva Gardner

SURFSIDE — Geneva A. Gardner, 94, died Jan. 18, 2011, at her residence near Oysterville. The daughter of Grover Cleveland and Mabel (Sappington) Price, she was born Sept. 1, 1916, in Council Hill, Okla. There she and her siblings grew up on the family farm until the depression years when the family moved to the fertile Yakima valley. She settled in Sunnyside, where she met and married Hal Gardner on May 11, 1941. 

She and her husband moved to Bremerton, where they raised their two daughters, Gae and Joi. She became a nurse and worked at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton until her husband’s retirement as assistant fire chief when they moved to Olympia. 

Mrs. Gardner loved going to the ocean beaches where she and her husband spent as much time as possible until he retired. They moved to their beach property in Surfside Estates and built their retirement home in which they have lived for more than 30 years. Once the house was completed, they began traveling in their motor home throughout the United States for several years. During their travels they became friends with many couples but none as dear as their good friends, Helen and Hank Wertz of Magalia, Calif. 

She loved organic gardening. They built a small greenhouse and she planted a garden every year. She loved her daily walks to the beach, the clean sea air and the vitality that came with it. Family members, particularly her grandchildren, have fond memories of their many summer camping trips, and week-long stays at their ocean home with their grandparents. She was the matriarch of her family. 

She is survived by her husband, Hal; daughter, Joi and her husband Curt Raihala of Camas; grandchildren, Craig Raihala, Laurie and husband Mark Niskanen, Mark Raihala and Stacey Dierickx, and Adam Federman and wife Kimberly; and six great-grandchildren. Her daughter Gae Federman Bishop preceded her in death. 

Private family services are to be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Peninsula Senior Activity Center, or the charity of your choice, in care of Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. Her guest book is available at

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