HILLSBORO — Gypsy Gardner, 84, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Marshall and Marshall Funeral Directors Chapel in Hillsboro with the Rev. Danny Gilliam officiating. Burial will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 14 at Lakeview Cemetery in Winters. A visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the funeral home.

Gypsy was born Aug. 10, 1935 in Vernon to Thurman and Helen (Ferguson) Blalock. She graduated from Bronte High School at the age of 15 in 1950, attended Baylor University at the age of 16, then transferred to Hardin-Simmons University and later Texas Tech University. Gypsy married Joe Dell Gardner on Dec. 20, 1953 in Odessa and he preceded her in death on Aug. 24, 2017. 

Gypsy and Joe raised four daughters who blessed them with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. In the midst of raising and enjoying her family, Gypsy wore many hats. Gypsy lived up to her name and moved a number of times following her husband with his career. Together, she and Joe lived in numerous places in Texas as well as Virginia, Arkansas, Kansas and Colorado. She worked in the oil business, retail, education, social work, real estate, insurance, and financial and estate planning before retiring to Hillsboro in 2002. She and Joe were founding members of the NTAC community and she was a member NTAC Ladies Club, Monday Review Club and First Baptist Church of Hillsboro.

Gypsy and Joe enjoyed traveling with the Airstream community in their retirement years and were fortunate to be able to see this great country as well as Canada. In retirement and in their travels, Gypsy volunteered on many committees and loved to help prepare delicious meals for large gatherings in the community. She was always prepared to take on a challenge and enjoyed volunteering in many different roles where she saw a need. Gypsy was a mother who loved her family and was a woman who shared her love with all. She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, family, friends and many who enjoyed her fabulous cooking! Gypsy was a woman of valor.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Lyn Sockwell of Midland, Dawn and Randy Truesdell of Coppell, Danna and Steven Pohler of The Woodlands and Dara Poole of Hillsboro; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Mona Blalock of Houston; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A granddaughter, Kelsey Pohler, preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made in memory of Gypsy Gardner to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 271, Hillsboro, Texas 76645, Hill County Child Protective Services, 605 S. Ivy St., Hillsboro, Texas 76645 or Monday Review Club, 401 Craig St., Hillsboro, Texas 76645.