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Lydia Burr Gardner
  • October 19, 1944
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  • May 09, 2013

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 Gardner, Lydia Burr "" Lydia Burr Gardner of Winter Park, FL passed away peacefully on May 9, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. Burr and Elizabeth Lewis Burr, and her brother William Lewis Burr. She is survived by her husband John David Terwilliger, and children Christopher Burr Gardner and Elizabeth Gardner Eckbert, and grandchildren Bebe and Courtney Gardner and Haden and Lucy Eckbert. She is also survived by her siblings James Booth Burr, Jr. (Stephanie), Margaret Taylor and Thomas Dudley Burr (Sandra). Lydia graduated from the University of Michigan and she held certificates in the management program at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College and the executive leadership program at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She began her career teaching English and drama, became a real estate agent, and later became an executive with a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. Her lifelong desire was politics, honed from her victory as Student Council president at Central High in Grand Rapids, MI. Lydia ran for and was elected three times to the School Board of Orange County and later served as its Chairman. She was elected Orange County Clerk of the Courts for her first of four terms in 2000. In 2008 her office received the Sterling Award for operational excellence awarded by Governor Charlie Crist. She found time to serve on the Domestic Violence Commission, and was an advocate for the mentally ill. Her efforts earned the Central Florida Health Association's Golden Bell Award. Lydia was a board member of the Orlando Science Center and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, where she was Chairman of the Board in 2003. Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, FL on Friday, May 17th at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer via The American Cancer Society at 1601 W. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32804.

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  1. 11 May 2013
    Alan Young says:
    Lydia Gardner was my friend. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lydia when she joined Sprint in the mid 1990’s as the Director for Education Marketing. I was an account manager with Sprint, also assigned to work with our education customers.

    Lydia was the consummate “people person”. She brightened up every room that she entered, and she tried her best to make every person in the room feel significant. Whether you were a coworker, business associate or a customer, Lydia made you feel like the person IN the job was more important than the job itself. She somehow remembered the names of spouses, children, and significant life events. She knew where your children were going to college, when they were getting married, and who was expecting a new baby.

    She loved to laugh (often at herself) and had a wonderful sense of humor. Her familiar bright smile, grace and charm were contagious. Lydia was an encourager and a motivator of everyone around her. She offered little sympathy for negative thinking and complaining.

    She was a wife, mother, grandmother, school teacher, realtor, school board member, marketing manager, and lastly, a public official. It seemed that she was always trying to help the people around her succeed while having the wisdom and confidence to know that success would ultimately come to her as well.

    Lydia Gardner may be remembered by most as having served as a four-term Clerk of Courts in Orange County, but those of us who knew her personally will best remember her as an amazing human being. The world is a better place today because of the lives she touched and the legacy she leaves behind.

  2. 09 May 2013
    Charles Friel says:
    Bright, Dynamic, and Funny..!!
    Everyone she has touched in her 68 years will feel the Loss.

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