Ardis was born in Rushville, Neb. to Leonard D. and Marie Skoda Milburn. She grew up in Rushville with brothers Doug and Wad. Ardis graduated with the Rushville High School class of 1965.
After graduating high school, Ardis attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie where she met the love of her life, Stephen Guelde of Newark, Ohio. She graduated with a degree in Education.
Ardis and Steve were married on Aug. 24, 1969, in Rushville. They settled in Wyoming where Steve practiced law. Their