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Effie Tinney Gardner, age 87, passed into God's hands peacefully on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Effie spent her final days surrounded by family. She was born in Golden, New Mexico on March 9, 1929 the daughter of Frank & Lola Tinney. One of six children, she is survived by her sisters, Nellie Guiterrez and Dolores Gallegos.

Married for 64 years, Effie was the cherished wife of Ralph Gardner. In 1960, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they raised their family. Effie was the loving mother of Janet & Larry, beloved grandmother to April, Kim, LaTrisha, Christopher, Justin, Gina, Jason & Leland and many great grandchildren. She had a ferocious faith in God and in her family. Effie was a wonderful example of faith, hope and unconditional love. Her kindness and generosity had no limits. She kept family traditions alive and never forgot a birthday or an anniversary. She had a feisty spirit and true zest for life; she loved to dance, read, pray, crochet, chat with family and friends, and travel. Effie's intense devotion to her faith, family and friends was a true inspiration to everyone who knew her.

Visitation will be held at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, Arizona on August 16, 2016 from 9am. The funeral service to follow at 11:00 am. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 3630 N. 71st Ave., Phoenix, Arizona.