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In loving memory of
Echo Gardner
  • October 31, 1947
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  • July 05, 2022

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Echo Gay Gardner, age 74, died after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Port Orange,
Florida.
Echo is survived by her one sister, Tara Dee Nault, née Harden (spouse, Roger), three children:
daughter, Tracey Crotty Portigo, née Savard (spouse, Gary), of Port Orange, Florida, son, Peter
Matthew Gardner, (spouse, Nickole) of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and son, Richard Allen
Gardner, Jr., of Manchester, New Hampshire. She is further survived by her seven
grandchildren, Derek Crotty (spouse, Heather), of Port Orange, Florida, Patrick Gardner, of
Manchester, New Hampshire, Madison Gardner, of Newmarket, New Hampshire, Colbie
Gardner, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Tanner Portigo, of Seattle, Washington, Jack Gardner,
of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Olivia Gardner, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She is
also survived by one great-grandchild, Charlotte Gardner, of Newmarket, New Hampshire.
Echo is preceded in death by her following loved ones: husband, Richard Allen Gardner, Sr.,
father, Kenneth Earl “Pop-H” Harden, mother, Wilma Helen “Skip” Harden, née Pollard, sister,
Carey Gwen Simard Hall, née Harden, and brother, Dwight Kenneth Harden.
Echo was born on October 31, 1947, in Goffstown, New Hampshire to parents, Kenneth and
Wilma Harden. She graduated from Goffstown High School, Goffstown, New Hampshire, in
1965. Echo would go back and forth between living in Florida and New Hampshire.
Echo was a very loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Echo enjoyed reading,
spending time on the beach sitting in her chair, decorating and doing home projects in her
home, and spending time with her dog, Eddie.
Her family and friends will always remember her as a person you could always call upon when
you needed someone to listen and be supportive in life decisions and situations.
A small private family funeral will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022, in Port Orange, Florida. A
celebration of Echo’s life will be scheduled for sometime this summer, 2022, in New Hampshire.
Donations can be sent in Echo’s honor and love of animals to Southeast Volusia Humane
Society, at 1200 S. Glencoe Road, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.


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  1. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    08 Jul 2022
    They will be together again.
    They will be together again.

  2. Diane says:
    08 Jul 2022
    Rich,

    May the memories of your mom Echo in your heart. Such a pretty name, may she rest in Heavenly Peace.
    Godspeed, to you and your family.

    ~Diane

  3. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    08 Jul 2022
    The blanket says it all.
    The blanket says it all.

  4. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    08 Jul 2022
    My dear, sweet, caring, compassionate, and loving Mom, today will be the last day I will be able to visually see you but you are forever etched in my heart.  I hope there is a better place and you are there walking, without struggling for oxygen, with Dad, your Mom and Dad, and siblings, Carey and Dwight.  Until we are able to hug again there won’t be a day that goes by that I won’t be thinking about you.  YOU WERE AND ARE THE BEST MOTHER A DAUGHTER COULD HAVE ASKED WISHED FOR!
    My dear, sweet, caring, compassionate, and loving Mom, today will be the last day I will be able to visually see you but you are forever etched in my heart. I hope there is a better place and you are there walking, without struggling for oxygen, with Dad, your Mom and Dad, and siblings, Carey and Dwight. Until we are able to hug again there won’t be a day that goes by that I won’t be thinking about you. YOU WERE AND ARE THE BEST MOTHER A DAUGHTER COULD HAVE ASKED WISHED FOR!

  5. Michael Fitts lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:07:13 PM

  6. Casey greene lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:37:49 AM

  7. Lora Karolian says:
    08 Jul 2022
    To her son Rich and his family..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.. I knew Echo through our son's friendship and a worker at GE.. We worked 3rd shift together and she would come over to my department from time to time, to have a coffee abd chat..I saw Echo briefly about 4 years ago..she had stopped by with her son, Rich for a visit..I loved her personality..she was very genuine..with loving thoughts Lora and Gary Karolian

  8. Lora Karolian lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:30:33 AM

  9. Jeff Baines lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:20:56 AM

  10. Richard Pichette says:
    08 Jul 2022
    Deepest condolences to the Gardner family. Very truly yours, Richard Pichette and family.

  11. Rich Gardner says:
    08 Jul 2022
    Rest in peace Mom. We've had a wonderful life together and some great memories. For 50 years of my life, we've kept close and I'm thankful for you and Dad forever.
    Love from your son,
    Dick Jr (Rich Gardner)

  12. Rich Gardner lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:53:13 AM

  13. Brandon Nault lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:20:02 AM

  14. Brandon Nault lit a candle:
    08 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 8, 2022 at 7:19:23 AM

  15. Tiffany posted an image:
    08 Jul 2022
    Tracey, me and Aunt Echo ❤️
    Tracey, me and Aunt Echo ❤️

  16. Kristi Kratch lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:52:04 PM

  17. Becky Bull lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:48:54 PM

  18. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    Not sure who’s baby she is holding but she always said she LOVED the smell of new born babies.
    Not sure who’s baby she is holding but she always said she LOVED the smell of new born babies.

  19. Debra Haak lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:28:20 PM

  20. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    Tiffany and my Mom had a very special relationship.
    Tiffany and my Mom had a very special relationship.

  21. Debra Haak lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:25:50 PM

  22. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    9/19/2019
    9/19/2019

  23. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    My Mom loved her sister.
    My Mom loved her sister.

  24. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    Her birthday last year, 10/31/2021.
    Her birthday last year, 10/31/2021.

  25. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022


  26. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    4th of July cookout, 7/3/2022.
    4th of July cookout, 7/3/2022.

  27. Debbie Richard lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:01:04 PM

  28. Lynn gardner lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:58:33 PM

  29. TRACEY PORTIGO posted an image:
    07 Jul 2022
    Derek and Heather’s wedding, 9/19/2019.
    Derek and Heather’s wedding, 9/19/2019.

  30. Debra Sorci says:
    07 Jul 2022
    You were a Ray of Sunshine and a Joy to be around. Such a Lovely Lady. You will be missed.

  31. Bonnie says:
    07 Jul 2022
    R.I.P. Echo aka. Ethel. We had some great times Like fleamarket Wednesday Dairy Queen
    your chocolate chip cookies
    making my quilt which I will keep forever.
    My you fly with the Angels

  32. Bob and Lin Poehlman Jr. lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:44:46 PM

  33. Debbie and Scott Ferguson lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:33:35 PM

  34. Uli Rehn lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:26:27 PM

  35. Uli Rehn lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:25:38 PM

  36. Brenda Roukey lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:21:28 PM

  37. April Wolf lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:15:05 PM

  38. Diane lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:11:03 PM

  39. Diane says:
    07 Jul 2022
    You made everyone feel loved! I will
    Miss my momma hugs, your giggle and we play cards and your beautiful smile. Thanks for always making me feel like part of your home. Hug Dick-Keri_Dwight-Bill and my Mom and Leo. You left a void.
    Di

  40. Derek Crotty says:
    07 Jul 2022
    To my loving grandmother I will miss you forever! I love you forever.

  41. Cathy Worthen says:
    07 Jul 2022
    Echo and Dick were great friends of ours. We had many good times , even vacationing together. Nothing is better in life than the love of family and friends. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Steven and Cathy Worthen

  42. Derek Crotty lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:02:35 PM

  43. Jennifer Bedard lit a candle:
    07 Jul 2022
    Lit since July 7, 2022 at 7:59:14 PM

  44. Jennifer Bedard says:
    07 Jul 2022
    I will miss her a lot. She always made me laugh and I’m so thankful I was lucky enough to know her.

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