Plans call for erecting the marker on Highway 70 Business at Sunset Memorial Park, where Gardner was buried in 1990.
State officials plan to order the marker in late-July depending on the availability of funds. Casting and shipment will require another couple of months according to Ansley Herring Wegner, Administrator, of the NC Highway Historical Marker Program.
In a letter to Smithfield Mayor John Lampe, Wegner said the exact location will be subject to review by the Department of Transportation.
The marker will include the following inscription:
An actress in 67 films,
from 1941 to 1986. An
Academy Award nominee;
Johnston County native.
Gravesite 100 yards W.