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2014 May 28: Robin Lee Gardiner

Robin Lee Gardiner passed away at 73 years old. She will be dearly missed by many.

Robin was born in Reno, Nevada February 2, 1941, to Robert L and Iris Bohlman. She was raised in Reno and received a high school diploma from Reno High School. Her post-secondary goal was to attend Reno Business College where she graduated to work as an Executive Secretary.

Robin was very active in the Reno Recreation Department where she taught swimming to students of all ages. She was a lifeguard there and in her spare time performed synchronized water ballet. Robin loved these swimming routines and performed to medleys with several groups.

For years Robin worked for the California State Auto Association until she met the love of her life, C.C. Buck Gardiner, together they raised his three children. Robin never had children of her own.

They moved to Ruby Valley Fish Hatchery where Buck helped build the Gallagher Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is still located in Elko County, Nevada, and is still open to fishing year round.

Robin was preceded in death by her husband, C.C. Buck Gardiner, mother, Iris Bohlman, and father, Robert Lincoln Bohlman. Robin and Buck lived in Pleasant Valley for thirty years before Buck passed away in 2002. Robin worked for many of those years at the Elko Osco Drugs which is now CVS. Several years later Robin moved to Elko where she kept very active with her church, Senior Center and Horizon Hospice. Robin loved to be around people and was genuinely concerned about her many, many friends in Elko County. She loved making phone calls to check on everyone and was very accepting of everybody. She truly loved people from all walks of life and never knew any strangers.

After surviving breast cancer Robin spent the last year of her life as a resident of Highland Manor of Elko. She was always involved in the many activities held there. She made many new friends as well as checked up on the many she already knew who came in and out of the home there. She enjoyed most of the staff there and was loved by many.

Alter an emergency gall bladder surgery in early April where post op she was diagnosed with liver cancer, Robin prepared to be with Jesus by saying goodbye to as many of her friends as she could reach and visited with many of those she loved. She had told her Pastor Priscilla, “My bags are packed and I’m ready to go,” with a smile on her face.

Robin is survived by her goddaughter, Linda Harris, her adopted grandchildren Shelby and Ryan Graham, Colby Gravier and Conley Gravier, and her adopted great-grandchild, Rylynn Graham.

There will be a potluck in honor of Robin right after the morning service on Sunday, June 1, 2014, with a memorial service to follow. All friends and family are invited to celebrate Robin’s life with us, and to rejoice with us of her graduation into the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. The potluck will be provided by Robin’s church family at Elko Assembly of God Church, Seventh and Front streets. Everyone is welcomed!

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