Glenda G. Leverett

Glenda G. Leverett

Her last day on Earth was Christmas Day, 2018. She walked the hallways of Delmar Gardens singing Christmas carols and joking with the staff. One stated, “I’ve never heard her voice sound so beautiful!”

Glenda Gail Gardner Leverett was born in Edinburg, Texas, on June 20, 1939.

She grew up and graduated high school in Carrizo Springs, Texas, where she was a cheerleader and an outstanding cornet player. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, majoring in music and education.

She moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she was a teacher for 20-plus years, going on to receive her master’s and specialist degrees in education from Bradley University.

She met the love of her life in Peoria. William Charles Leverett was a principal and shared her passion for education. They retired to Goodyear, Arizona, where they enjoyed friends and traveling until Charles’ death in 2016. Gail missed her husband and went to join him on Dec. 26, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William H. “Bill” Gardner and Zelma Thomas Gardner of Uvalde, Texas, and her brother, William H. “Bill” Gardner Jr..

She will be missed by her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie Gardner Silvestri and Tom Silvestri, along with nieces Brenda Gardner, Ariadna Gail Gardner and Fanta McDuffie, and nephew William H. Gardner III, along with numerous cousins and friends.

She will be placed next to her husband in Arkansas with a memorial celebration in June, 2019. The exact time and date to be announced at a later time.

There was a celebration of life at Delmar Gardens of Smyrna, Georgia, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org, or your favorite educational institute.

  A memorial service will be announced, please check our website, www.carmichaelcares.com, for future details. Carmichael Funeral Home in Smyrna is in charge of arrangements.

The preceding is a paid obituary.



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