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Mary Elizabeth Gardner





New Bern, North Carolina- Mary Elizabeth Gardner, 77, died on Sunday evening, October 9th at her home.

She was born on March 11, 1945, in Washington, D.C. to Thomas Francis Quinn and Billie June Purvis Quinn.

She graduated from Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Mary Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in 1983 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She married Dwaine Lee Harris in 1994.

She worked as an IT company controller in the DC area until her retirement in 2001. Mary Elizabeth and Dwaine moved to New Bern in 2006.

Mary Elizabeth worked in New Bern with pet rescue groups, RCS, and served as a guardian ad litem in Craven County for 13 years. She was a member of Garber United Methodist Church where she had also served in the youth ministry.

She is survived by her husband, Dwaine; two sons, Patrick and Sean Gardner, and one stepson, Michael Harris; seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tom and John Quinn.

A service will be held on Saturday, October 15th, at 10:00 am at Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, New Bern, NC, with a reception at the church following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guardian Ad Litem Office, 403 George St., New Bern, NC 28560.

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