Sallie Beth Gardner, seamstress

Sallie Beth Gardner, a retired customer service representative who earlier had been a seamstress and a sales associate, died Oct. 25 of complications from renal failure at a daughter’s Original Northwood home. She was 90.

The daughter of farmers Robert Vincent and Mariah Eaton Vincent, Sallie Beth Vincent was born in Littleton, N.C., and attended Hawkins High School. She later earned her General Educational Development certificate.

She married James Alexander Gardner in 1948 and moved to Baltimore in 1952. Her husband, a Bethlehem Steel worker, died in 1996.

From 1963 until her retirement in 1991, Mrs. Gardner worked at the Lerner’s Shop in Mondawmin Mall as an alterations seamstress and later as a sales associate.

She then worked for a decade as a customer service representative for the People’s Community Free Clinic on Greenmount Avenue, retiring for a second time in 2001.

Mrs. Gardner was a founding member of Ray of Hope Baptist Church, where she visited the the sick, taught Sunday school and sang with the chancel choir. She was a member of the Christian and Missionary auxiliaries and in 2015 was presented the church’s Trail Blazer Award.

The longtime resident of East Lafayette Avenue, who in recent years lived at Ednor Apartments at Stadium Place, enjoyed traveling, sewing and decorating her home.

Funeral services for Mrs. Gardner will be held at noon Friday at her church, 3000 Parkside Drive.

She is survived by a son, James Gardner of White Marsh; three daughters, Burnette Rahmaan of Original Northwood, Constance Gardner of Baltimore and Lisa Harris of Northeast Baltimore; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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