Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. William Gardner of Monticello,  Ky. and Ms. Elizabeth Pearce of Salisbury are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Elizabeth Gardner, to Michael Patrick Rowe.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Ms. Darlene and the late Dr. Ralph A. Gardner of Woodleaf and the late Mr. and Mrs. Worth Benson of Woodleaf. A 1998 graduate of Apex High School, Lora graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University with a BA in Sociology and received her teaching certificate from Meredith College in Raleigh. She is employed as a 2nd grade teacher in Wake County. The bride is pursuing a Masters in Education with a specialization in Reading at Meredith College.
The future groom is the son of Ron and Delores Rowe of Cary. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rowe of Portsmouth, Va. and Ms. Pearl Goncalves and the late Joseph Goncalves, Sr. of Chesapeake, Va. A 1998 graduate of Cary High school, Michael has been self-employed for five years as a security system consultant and audio/visual equipment dealer.
The bride and groom are planning an April 30 wedding  at The Matthews House in?Cary.