Mattie Tignor Gardner, 93, city schools coordinator

March 05, 2004

Mattie Tignor Gardner, a retired city public schools coordinator for work-study programs, died in her sleep Feb. 26 at Morningside House in Ellicott City. She was 93 and formerly lived in Northwest Baltimore.

She was born Mattie Marguerite Tignor in Burgess Store, Va., moved to Baltimore as a teen-ager and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School about 1929. She earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Morgan State University and a master's in education from Columbia University in New York.

She worked initially at the Social Security Administration's old offices in the Candler Building on Pratt Street, then became a Baltimore public school teacher.

Mrs. Gardner taught for many years at the old Fairmount Elementary School on East Fayette Street before being named coordinator for the work-study program. She also taught adult education subjects at Morgan.

She retired about 30 years ago.

A world traveler, she enjoyed sewing for friends and made curtains for the Morgan Christian Center. She belonged to the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and two sorority-related clubs, Que-Ettes and DAZ's, and other groups including the Howard L. Cornish Chapter of the Morgan State University Alumni Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Her husband of 28 years, William Gardner, an inspector with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, died in 1970.

Services were held Wednesday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Walbrook, where she was a member.

Survivors include a sister, Ruth T. Rosedom of Baltimore, and seven nieces and nephews.

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