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Fund honors memory of late Parkersburg educator

PARKERSBURG — A memorial fund has been created to honor Terri Ann Gard at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.

Gard was a Parkersburg native who retired as an autism mentor after at Wood County Schools for more than 15 years.

“She brought to her role at the school many life experiences that helped her to connect and to communicate with her students. Her patience and understanding made her not only a wonderful mother, but an exceptional mentor for youth with autism spectrum disorders,” the foundation said.

Gard passed away May 27, 2019, following a battle with cancer.

To honor Gard, her family established the Autism Whispers Fund in Memory of Terri Ann (Marshall) Gard at the Community Foundation to forever provide financial assistance to programs supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the Foundation’s service area, including programs within the Wood County School system.

“If everyone whose life Terri Ann Gard impacted would make a gift to her memorial fund, it would swiftly reach the point where it could begin making an annual award in her honor for a cause that she deeply cared about,” Julie Posey, the foundation’s development and communications officer.

The fund was created by Gard’s husband of more than 45 years, Tim, and their children, Austin, Lance and Sierra. It will continue her caring legacy and to honor her dedicated service to area youth with autism spectrum disorders.

To make a tax-deductible donation to new fund, send a check made payable to the foundation with “Autism Whispers” on the memo line to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102. Donations may also be made online at pacfwv.com/donate.

For more information, call call the Foundation at 304 428-4438.

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