Nola Nyjo ‘Jo’ (Brown) Gardner

Sept. 1, 1927-Dec. 14, 2020


Nola Nyjo “Jo” (Brown) Gardner, 93, of Columbus, Ohio and formerly of New Market, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Worthington Christian Village in Columbus, Ohio.

She was born Sept. 1, 1927, at Crawfordsville, to the late Leola (Zachary) Brown and William Brown.

Jo attended Crawfordsville High School and on Dec. 8, 1946, she married the love of her life, Kenneth Earl Gardner, who preceded her in death Jan. 10, 2020. She owned and operated Gardner’s Flower Shop in New Market.

She is survived by her daughters, Valerie (John) LaSell of Ramsey, Minnesota, and Dena (Jim) Martin of Cumming, Georgia; son Ken (Sharon) Gardner of Lewis Center, Ohio; five grandchildren, Brandon LaSell, Justin Martin, Lauren France, Brittany Gardner and Veronica Gardner; and great-granddaughter Lilah LaSell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Kenneth; granddaughter Kayla LaSell; grandson Joshua Gardner; and six siblings, Geneva Conkright, Carcie Brown, Ivanell Fleenor, Nyoda Wade, LaVonda Brow, and William Brown.

There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at Oak Hill Grant Avenue Cemetery, with Pastor Kurt Flora officiating. The family is planning a memorial service at a later date to celebrate her life. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care.

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