Maria Del Rosario Gardner

Maria Del Rosario Gardner

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 (“Mimaâ€), 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.


  • Ceci Guillen Posted February 2, 2019 2:14 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the Gardner family. Mrs. Gardner was a wonderful colleague and friend to my mom, Ninfa Guillen and aunt, Fidelfa Gonzalez. She will be missed. Our prayers are with the family.

  • Frances Martinez Hancock Posted February 3, 2019 8:20 am

    My deepest sympathy to the Gardner and Zavaleta families. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Mrs. Gardner when I worked at Canales Elementary school. May the Lord bless the families at this difficult time and may she rest in peace.

  • Maria de Jesus Amaya Posted December 26, 2019 10:15 am

    Our condolences to Chayo’s family. After Joe passed away we would call each other and occasionally meet for breakfast and talk for hours Those were pleasant moments I will fondly remember. I will miss her as much as I miss my brother Joe. They are now both in God’s hands.

    Mary Amaya and family

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