Rebecca Ellis Gardner, 45, passed away November 20th at her home with her family by her side.

Mrs. Gardner was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to John and Rebecca Champagne Ellis of Asheville.

Rebecca graduated from UNCA and worked licensing foster homes at Caring For Children, where her commitment to the protection and care of foster children was fulfilled.

She is survived by her husband, Geoff Buchanan Gardner; four children, Ashley Lyons and her husband Mead of Lexington, KY, Bentley Cook, Bryce Gardner and Haley Gardner; a sister, Kathleen Richardson Joseph and her husband, Brad of Raleigh, NC; three brothers, Andrew Ellis and his wife, Jeannie of Lafayette, LA, John Ellis Jr. and his wife, Sylvia of Asheville and Paul Ellis of Asheville; two grandchildren, Harper Grey Lyons and Brooke Ellis Lyons and four nieces and nephews, Drew Ellis, Noelle Ellis, Gabi Ellis and Dominic Ellis.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on November 24th at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road in Arden with a Rosary being said at 4:00 pm.

A funeral mass will be held November 25th at 1pm at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville with the Rev. Father C. Morris Boyd officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montford.

Memorial donations may be made to Caring for Children of Asheville.