Tara K. Gardner Martinez, 53, passed away on April 15, 2023 at her home in Newport, Vt. Tara was born on August 8, 1969 in St. Albans, VT to Carroll (CD) Gardner & Laureen (Lori) McMullen Griggs. The family moved to Vail, CO during her 2nd grade year & lived there until her sophomore year when she moved back to VT with her mom and graduated from North Country High School in 1987.
She spent most of her working career as a medical receptionist, first in the Vail area & then at Orleans Clinic & Primary Care in Barton & Newport. She loved her twenty plus years working for the medical practices & was always ready with a smile & a hug. She also loved her co-workers Josie, Vonnie, Shirley, Jody, Rae, Roxie, Tess and all the others she worked with.
She leaves her children Darcijo (Keith), Nathan, and Sarabeth, her most treasured grandson Keith (KiKi) Allen Ryan III, parents, CD, Lori & step dad Paul Griggs, sister Tracey, step brothers Corey & Ryan Griggs, nieces Izi, Sophia & nephew Sam Scholl. Uncle Laurie McMullen who held a very special place in her heart & we could not have managed these last few years without. She also leaves her Aunt Joanna Gardner Duclos & Uncle Allen & Bobbie Jo Griggs. Cousins Jeff, David, Deanne Duclos, Michelle Duclos Scott, Robin Scott, Cam Green & Bud McMullen. Special godmother Aunt Paula Thibodeau, She also leaves her very special nieces & best friends Felicia Hilleary & Alicia Rivera of Denver, CO, and also great friends Terry & Tracey Davis. Last but not least her beloved pug, Nawla.
Tara was predeceased by her twin sister Darcey Deana, her maternal grandparents Arthur & Verna (Cooper) McHarg and paternal grandparents Dean and Lula (Lahar) Gardner.
There are too many people to thank individually; those who sent money, gift cards and food, we have noted each and every one of you, and because of you her journey was made much easier. The visits from Cathy Monte, Terry & Tracey Davis, Cheryl Saaman, Manon Lawson, Shirley Dagesse, Roxie Woodworth & Aunt Paula will forever warm our hearts. Thank you to George & Christine Lawson as well.
There will be a celebration of Tara’s life mid July for family and friends and you will certainly be hearing her favorite music of the 80’s!