Ashlyn Gardner

An angel with a new assignment

Ashlyn Faye Gardner, the 9-year-old daughter of Shauna Borland Gardner and Jared Gardner and granddaughter of longtime Claremont residents Robert and Cynthia Borland, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 in a tragic accident when she was struck and killed by a truck in a crosswalk at her Rancho Cucamonga school.

Ashlyn was born on August 10, 2004. With a twinkle in her eyes and a smile that captured the heart, she had a profound influence on her family, friends and everyone she met. Ashlyn loved to play soccer, attend church and school and play with her brothers, friends, cousins and other family members.

“All who have known her have been blessed by her infectious, impish humor, her sweet singing and dancing and her artwork,” her family shared.

There has been a tremendous outpouring of love for Ashlyn and her family, with a memorial fund in Ashlyn’s name drawing 1,097 supporters and receiving 1,039 Facebook shares as of Wednesday.

She is survived by her parents, Shauna Borland Gardner and Jared Gardner of Rancho Cucamonga; by her two brothers, Bryce and Landon Gardner; and by her grandparents, Bob and Cynthia Borland of Carlsbad, Renee and Jonathan Starr of Covina and John A. and Jacquelyn F. Gardner of Alpine, Utah. She also leaves behind a large extended family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 6829 Etiwanda Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.

For more information or to donate to the memorial fund in Ashlyn’s name, visit


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