In Memory of Dee Gardner

True friendship consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and value.            -Ben Jonson

Last night, a woman who epitomized friendship lost her battle with cancer.  I met Dee a few years ago when I moved to Georgia. Her closest friend, Lynda Fitzgerald, is a writer, and she and Dee were dedicated to The Atlanta Writers Club.  Being new to the area, I didn’t know many people. Lynda and Dee kindly invited me and others into their home where we were made to feel like esteemed guests. It eased the homesickness I felt and helped me gain my footing in a strange place.

It was a privilege to know Dee: a kind, gentle woman who lived a quiet life filled with the simple things that many of us take for granted—candor, loyalty, companionship. She was unwavering in the support of Lynda’s writing and gracious to the other writers who frequented her home. The devotion between Dee and Lynda, a lifelong friendship that has weathered all life has to offer, is inspiring and worthy of emulation. Dee, you will be missed. More importantly, you will be remembered. It is my honor to call you friend.  

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One thought on “In Memory of Dee Gardner

  1. Lisa,

    Thank you for your heartbreakingly kind memorium of Dee. You’re right. She was the best friend anyone could have. I may have been her best friend for 35 years, but she had many others, including you. During her illness, she always looked forward to your visits. Your unique mix of compassion, intelligence and humor always brought her out of the depression of knowing that her days with us all were numbered.

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