Longtime Orange County Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner has died.

According a source with the Clerk of Courts, Gardner died Wednesday night at Winter Park Hospital. She was 68.

Gardner had battled breast cancer for years, the source said.

Gardner was first elected to the Clerk’s Office in 2000. She was sworn in for her fourth term as Clerk of Courts in January.

According to the Florida Constitution, Governor Rick Scott will appoint someone to that office who will serve until Tuesday November 12, 2013.

“When not otherwise provided for in this constitution, the governor shall fill by appointment any vacancy in state or county office for the remainder of the term of an appointive office, and for the remainder of the term of an elective office if less than twenty-eight months, otherwise until the first Tuesday after the first Monday following the next general election.”

Armando R. Ramirez, the Osceola County Clerk of Courts, released a statement on the death of Gardner.

“My heart goes out to the family of Lydia Gardner, the late Clerk of Courts of Orange County. We will miss her greatly. Ms. Gardner’s family will find solace in these profound words: God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” Revelations 21:4

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Lydia Gardner, longtime Orange County Clerk of Courts, dies
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