Hildagard Ruth Turner


Hildagard Ruth Gardner-Turner was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 1937, to George H. and Anna Mae Gardner. She gained her wings on Monday, March, 26, 2022 in the comfort of her home. At an early age Hilda attended Calvary Tremont Baptist Church where she accepted her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was baptized, under the leadership of the late Reverend William James Payden.

Hildagard was educated in the Columbus School System. She was a graduate of Columbus East High School before enrolling in Capital University where she studied Music. In 1953 Hildagard eloped with Edward Leon Turner in Indianapolis Indiana. From this union one beautiful daughter was born Veronica “Ronnie” Gardner Thornton. The two later exchanged their vows in beautiful ceremony before God, family and friends on June 18, 1955.

In 1955 Hildagard started working at The Ohio State University as a Food Service Manager, before she became employed with St. Anthony Hospital in 1959, serving in what would become a long term career position as the Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition for 33+ years.

Hildagard was affectionately known as Hilda, Mommy, Granny, and GG (which is short for Great Grandmother and later short for Great, Great Grandmother) Hilda was very intentional about the love and support she extended to her family as she was one who wholeheartedly believed a family that prays together stays together. Matthew 18:20 (NIV) For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” She was very passionate about cooking for her family, taking care of her plants, completing crossword puzzles, traveling, and reading. Hildagard’s most prize possession was her family, she especially enjoyed spending time with her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Her unconditional love for her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren had no boundaries. Her pride and joy was her great, great grandsons who took great care of her every day.

Hildagard is preceded in death by her parents, George H. and Anna Mae Gardner; brothers, Frank Brown,and George Jr.; sisters, Eva, Minerva and Delores; and granddaughter, Janae Ruth.

Hildagard leaves to cherish her memory, her one and only daughter, Veronica “Ronnie” Thornton; grandchildren, Jerrica, Jeannine (James), Juane (Tyleshia), and Derrick; great-grandchildren, Daquan, Damone, Javontae, Ayris, Aryon, Juane Jr., Aliyah, James Jr. Juaira, Tyson, and Jamasia; great-great grandchildren, Mayah, Damien, Daysen, Ayden, Dalon, Zayden, Justin, and Da’Myla; nieces, Regina, Ramona, and Johnniemae; nephews, Ralph and Tony; best friend for over 60 years, Anna Frank Haire; dear friend, Evelyn “Cookie” Holiday, special family friends, Valerie and Sheneise Landrum, and Janet Kimble Smith (who was like a daughter); and a host of great nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Friday, October 7, 2022 at Triedstone Baptist Church 858 E. 3rd Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.

Condolence Messages

  1. My prayers and thoughts are with you Ronni. Praying for you and your family I know this is a tough time for you all and I pray that the peace of God will surround you all during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  2. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My deepest condolences to Ronni and family during this difficult time.

  3. Dearest Ronnie, I was saddened to hear of your precious mother’s passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Your dear
    mother’s legacy as the matriarch of your beautiful family will
    live on forever with all of the precious memories from many
    years of love, laughter, and a life lived the memories of her love
    for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many family members and friends.

    “Mother” will forever live on in all of your hearts. Always
    remember what she taught. Treasure those dear memories
    of her and talk about her often to the family, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren as you keep her legacy alive.

    God is a very present help to all of you. Call on him,
    he’ll be right there, bearing you up with his strength.

    We love you all and we are praying for you.
    Weeping may endure for a night, but “JOY”
    unspeakable and full of “GLORY” will come in the morning!

    God Bless You!
    Aunt Gail
    Oct. 3, 2022.

  4. Dr. Ann Wagner Hill

    My sincere condolences to you and your family. May continue to strengthen and bless you!!

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