Louise Coleman Gardiner July 8, 1919 - April 14, 2021 Louise Gardiner passed away on April 14, 2021, having reached the impressive age of 101 years and 9 months. Born in Newton, Massachusetts, on July 8, 1919, Louise remained a self-professed New Englander all her life, in spite of having moved to California in 1959 and remaining there until her death. Louise, the daughter of George Alexander Coleman and Helen Brodrick Coleman, was the eldest of three sisters. Her father referred to the family as "we five" and they enjoyed many family vacations together on Cape Cod. One of Louise's fondest childhood memories was spending summers at Camp Anawan on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. Louise attended Stuart Hall, a private Episcopalian girls' school in Staunton, VA, graduating in 1937 with many honors and much distinction. She then took a two-year course of study at Katharine Gibbs School in Boston graduating with the training to become an executive secretary. She began her secretarial career in 1939 in the Research and Development Department of Lever Brothers in Cambridge, MA. It was there that she met Kenneth William Gardiner, a young research chemist and recent graduate of Stanford University. Known to each other as "Bud" and "Lou," they were married in Newton on August 23, 1942, and honeymooned on Cape Cod, a spot that would remain a favorite travel destination over the years. Ken and Louise welcomed their first child, Jean Louise, in 1948 while living in Akron, Ohio. They returned to the Boston area where daughter Judith Carol was born in 1951, and where Ken earned his PhD from M.I.T in 1953. The family then lived briefly in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and Hinsdale, Illinois, before moving to Pasadena, California, in 1959, where son Kenneth James was born. Their beautiful mid-century modern house on Mesita Road was home to Louise for the next 51 years. The Pasadena house became a mecca for children and grandchildren over the years and was home base for Ken and Louise when in 1976 they embarked on 30 years of motor home traveling. Their travels took them all over the country, including many trips to the East Coast where they revisited Cape Cod and spent time with Louise's two sisters, Virginia Hunter and Carolyn Peyrot, and their husbands. In later years, their travels took them most often to the homes of their three children where they would enjoy visiting their six grandsons and one granddaughter. Louise and Ken had just returned from a trip to the Oregon coast and visits to family in Northern California when Ken passed away suddenly from a heart attack on June 18, 2007. Ken was 90 years old and he and Louise had been married for almost 65 years. After three years on her own in the Pasadena house Louise made the decision to sell and move north to live with her daughter Judy in El Dorado Hills, California, where she remained until her death. Louise was a self-proclaimed homebody, enjoying her family and her home above all else. She also enjoyed plants, birds, following the news and sports, reading, working on crossword puzzles, and writing letters. Louise will be remembered as a consummate and prolific letter writer. Family and friends looked forward to receiving her thoughtfully worded cards and letters written in her beautiful script. Louise's children will remember her involvement in every aspect of their lives - Scouts, PTA, sports, birthday parties, holidays, weddings, and grandchildren. Her grandchildren will remember her fantastic cookies, her blueberry pancakes, her continued interest in their lives, and her incredible generosity. Her great-grandchildren will simply remember that they had a Great Grammy. Louise had a keen mind and an amazing vocabulary, making it difficult to beat her in a game of Scrabble. She was a stickler for correct grammar and would notice with dismay the numerous errors made in print and on the news. She astounded her caregivers with her attentive mind and awareness of world events right up until the last months of her life. Louise was of hardy Yankee stock and if sheer will-power were enough to keep one alive, Louise probably would have kept right on going. Unfortunately, age and several falls finally took their toll and her weakened body could no longer support her indomitable spirit. Louise left this earth after a long, full and blessed life and is now reunited with her parents, her sister Ginny, her husband Ken, and her daughter Jean. Louise leaves behind her sister Carolyn, her children Judy and Ken, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, her neighbors and her friends. Louise enriched the lives of those who knew her. She will be greatly missed.