Kathleen Patricia Gardner, "Kathy", 60, of Newport, NH, passed away at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, on September, 20, 2018. She had battled for many years with Addison’s Disease. Born in Lowell, MA on July 4, 1958, she was a daughter of Ella V. (Hamel) Woods of Colchester and the late Edward Woods. Kathleen married Keith Gardner on July 3, 1999. The couple made their home in Newport, NH and shared 18 years together before he predeceased her on October 25, 2015. Kathleen was retired after a career as a school bus driver for the Newport School System. She loved children and touched many lives bringing them to and from school. Kathleen loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing. She was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots Fan. Most importantly, she will be remembered by her family for her loving devotion, her heart of gold, her desire to help anyone, anytime and how she loved to share her time with them. She will be sadly missed but always remembered with love by her mother, Ella "Nana" Woods; son, Jeffrey and his wife Serena Neault of Sugar Hill, GA; stepdaughter, Tanna Gardner of Clearwater FL; stepdaughter, Nikki Gardner and her husband Martin Gonzales of Coolidge AZ; stepdaughter, Heather Bagley and her husband Arty Bagley of Sugar Hill GA; six grandchildren, Keagen, Mackenzie, Kalen, Aiden, Aliah and Faith; siblings, Gary Woods and his wife Nancy of Lowell, MA, Ed Woods and his wife, Carol of Clearwater, FL, Karen Conroy and her husband Ray of Colchester, CT and Cyndy Woods of Clearwater, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held at a later date to be announced. Donations in her memory may be made to New Hampshire Special Olympics (www.give.specialolympics.org) The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester has been entrusted with care of arrangements.