August 3, 2006

(5/16/1925 7/26/2006)

Opal Hildred Gardine, 81, of Memphis, MO, died July 26, 2006 in the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

She was born May 16, 1925, in Lancaster, MO to Eugene and Alta Effie Whitacre Aeschliman.

She grew up in the Lancaster area and graduated from Lancaster High School in Lancaster, MO. She married Guy Gardine on April 14, 1945, at the Christian Church by the Reverend Jolly in Kirksville, MO and to this union four children were born.

She and her husband were the owners and operators of the Gardine Drug Store in Lancaster, MO until 1964 at which time they moved to Memphis, MO where they owned and operated the Gardine Drug Store. She retired in 1998.

Hildred was a member of the First Christian Church in Memphis where she served as a Sunday School teacher and served as chairman for funeral meals for many years. She was also a member of the International Chapter PEO Chapter C of Memphis and the Order of Eastern Star Kahoka Chapter #40, Wayland, MO.

She is survived by her husband, Guy, of Memphis; a son, David Gardine, of Gladstone, MO; three daughters: Rebecca Ann McMinn of Independence, MO; Jo Beth Harvey and her husband, Darrell, of Memphis, MO and Betsy Lynn Gundy of Montrose, IA. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren: Ken McMinn and his wife, Jennifer, Melissa Harvey and fiance, Rob Hamm, Mikel Harvey, Trisha Harvey and Levi Gundy; two step-grandchildren: Troy Gundy and Tashia Gundy and two great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn McMinn and Haylee McMinn and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters: Emogene Beeler, Lucille Branum and her twin sister, Mildred Aeschliman.

Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Memphis on July 29, 2006 with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Music was provided by Ann Luther. Burial was in the Arni Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster, MO. Casket bearers were Bill Whitacre, John Bradley, Max Beeler, Rex Beeler, Don Branham and Craig Gardine. Honorary casket bearers were Glen Lister, Joe Fulk, Terry Fincher, Warren Miller, David Trueblood, Hillis Baker and Steve Archibald.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Memphis or to the donors choice and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at RR3, Box 60, Memphis, MO.

Online condolences to Hildreds family may be sent via e-mail to

Arrangements were under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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