July 17, 1959 - August 20, 2014
Helen Ann Horowitz Gardner, 55, born July 17, 1959 and passed away on August 20, 2014 after a determined and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, she graduated from Hillcrest High School and Emory University with a degree in accounting. In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, she was an accomplished CPA and Entrepreneur, and she later lived her dream of owning a prestigious art gallery and being an independent art consultant. Her strength, courage, extreme will to live and love of life — and, most of all, her love of family — carried her through 5 ½ years of treatments and clinical trials. Throughout her struggle she reached out to others affected by this disease and co-founded the ‘Be the Difference Foundation’ in an attempt to help women in the fight and find an early screening test so that others would not have to endure this horrendous disease. Known for her quick wit, her sense of style, her love of art and her stimulating conversation, Helen touched countless lives. She was brilliant yet humble, direct yet non-judging, and she will never ever be forgotten by those who were blessed to have had her in their lives. Despite her own battle, she never wanted sympathy and was always more concerned about the lives and struggles of others than her own. After her diagnosis, she was determined to live every day to the fullest. She attended family functions, celebrated milestones, traveled the world, hiked mountains with friends and family, and never complained about her pain and exhaustion. She seized every single day and taught her loved ones to do the same. The world has lost the ultimate fighter, and to those of us who were blessed to know her she will always remain an inspiration.
Above all she loved her family, and she leaves behind her loving husband, Gary Gardner; her parents, Ronnie and Nancy Horowitz; her parents-in-law, Marvin and Shirley Gardner; her cherished children, Brent & Lacey Gardner and Karis Gardner; her adored grandchildren, Cole Boisvert, and Levi and Sloan Gardner; her sister Lynn & Jeff Magid; her brother, Larry Horowitz; her sisters – and brothers-in-law, Paul & Cheryl Gardner, Janelle & Larry Friedman, Robert & Frannie Gardner, and Vicky & Joel Sokolik; her numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and God-children; and countless friends and cancer survivors.
A funeral will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Olan Sanctuary at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75225.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to ‘Be the Difference Foundation’ at bethedifference.org or the charity of your choice.
Helen, we will cherish and remember you always. dayenu.
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