Maria Del Rosario Gardner
September 14, 1939 – January 30, 2019
Entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Brownsville, Texas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother (“Mima”), sister and friend. Maria Del Rosario is preceded in death by her father Rafael Zavaleta, mother Eloisa Valdez Zavaleta, and brother Rafael Zavaleta. Left to cherish her memory is her spouse Eulus A. Gardner, daughter Michelle (Pedro) Gardner-Vidal, son Allen (Vanessa) Gardner, and brother Roberto (Dora) Zavaleta. She had 6 grandchildren: Krista M. Gardner-Coronado, Andrew Gardner-Vidal, Sadie J. Martinez-Gardner, Gavin L. Gardner, Grayson A. Gardner, Garrett L. Gardner.
Mrs. Rosario Gardner graduated from the Texas Women’s University in 1960. After graduation she began her career as a classroom teacher that spanned for 43 years with the Brownsville ISD. Her passion was to teach children to read and be there best at everything they did. Her personal goal was for her two own children to receive a higher education and serve their community. Rosie loved to be around family and friends, she had the gift of striking up a conversation with anyone she met. She was known for spoiling her greatest gifts, her grandchildren. She always said that her grandchildren were “the apple of her eye.” Rosie was a devoted Christian and loved her Lord. She was very generous and always willing to help anyone in need. There was no stingy bone her body.
A celebration of life memorial will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2019 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory-Flower Shop.