Laverne Caroline (Ahrens) Gardner, 97, passed away early Friday morning on November 5, 2021 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas. She was born on June 16, 1924 to Hulda Caroline (Dreyer) and Anton Deitrich Ahrens in Wilson, Texas. \n\nLaverne was the youngest of seven children and grew up on a farm near Wilson, Texas where she was very close to her parents and all of her siblings. On April 30, 1946 she and Walter Lewis Gardner were united in marriage in Long Beach, California upon his release from the Navy. They started their married life in Lubbock, Texas and then lived in Ropesville, Olton, Spring, The Woodlands, Austin (all in Texas), and Sublette, Kansas over the years. After Walter passed away in 1997, Laverne moved from The Woodlands to Austin to be closer to Danis and Pam, and their family. Then in 2018, she moved to Sublette where Jeanie and Mike gave her loving care.\n\nShe was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Anyone who knew her would tell you that she was one of the kindest and sweetest people they had ever met. These traits held true even after her short-term memory started to falter. Laverne never lost her special, kind, and loving personality, but she also was known for having a certain gleam in her eye when she would beat you at cards or dominos -- she could be very sneaky and competitive when it came to playing games!\n\nLaverne was also a great cook. She made the best sweet iced tea, snickerdoodle cookies and green enchiladas ever, but her specialty was the Texas sheet cake. There was rarely a family birthday or other celebration that didn't include one (or two). Still missed are the Wednesday night dinners with Danis' family while Laverne lived in Austin, where she and Pam would often end up working on a crossword puzzle or jigsaw puzzle together. Also, when Laverne was still living in Austin, she often went to Kansas in the fall to cook for the family involved in harvest. Her assistance was greatly appreciated and an example of how she always made helping family a priority. \n\nBut what made Laverne truly special was her faith. It never wavered regardless of life's circumstances. When recently asked, she said that being with family is what made her happy and that the most important thing in her life was knowing Jesus! So, while we will miss her terribly, what a comfort it is knowing she is in heaven restored to full health and having a reunion with those that have gone before her.\n\nShe is survived by her children, Jeanie Green and husband Mike of Sublette, KS, and Danis Gardner and wife Pamela of Austin, TX; grandchildren, Kristi Stapleton and husband Jay of Sublette, KS, Justin Green and wife Kristin of Fort Collins, CO, Julie Catalano and husband Sam of Midland, TX, Zachary Gardner of Austin, TX, Kyle Gardner and wife Samantha of Austin, TX, and Emilie Gardner of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren, Adrian, Drew and wife Deena, Spencer, Kate, Matthew, Kara, Kayla, Karli, Gabriel, Allie, and Madison.\n\nIn addition to her husband Walter, she is preceded in death by an infant son, Jerry Gardner; brothers, Edgar, Emmett, Henry, and Weldon Ahrens; sisters, Natalia Minzenmayer, and Gladys McLean.\nThe family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 9, at Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Sublette, Kansas.\n\nFuneral Service will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 10, at Sublette Southern Baptist Church with Pastors Tim Tidenberg and Sam Catalano officiating. It is preferred that masks be worn at the service. Interment will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 16, at the Houston National Cemetery.\n\nMemorial contributions can be made payable to Compassion International, Inc., or The Gideons International in care of Weeks Family Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 1200, Sublette, KS 67877. Condolences may be left online at WeeksFamilyFuneralHome.com \nTo send flowers to the family of Laverne Caroline Gardner, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.