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Gretchen Mefford - May 15, 2010


Gretchen Mefford was born on Aug. 6, 1909 near Grainton, Neb. She was the oldest of six children born to George and Blanche Brownlee Gregg. Gretchen grew up on the farm until the family moved into Wallace in 1924 so it would be easier for the children to attend school. In high school, Gretchen played the saxophone.
Gretchen was married to Olie Mefford on March 4, 1928. One son was born to this union. Gretchen finished high school after her marriage and officially graduated from Wallace High School in 1934.
Olie worked as a salesman and the family lived in different homes in Nebraska, Utah, and Idaho. They returned to Grant in the early 1950s. Gretchen served as an assistant to the Perkins County Clerk for several years.
Gretchen continued to maintain her home after Olie died in 1985. She moved to Westview Retirement in 2005 and because of failing health was admitted to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in May of this year. She had fallen and broken her hip and had been admitted to the Perkins County Community Hospital where she died on Thursday morning, July 15, 2010. She was less than a month from her 101st birthday.
Gretchen had always lived an active life and stayed in touch with what was happening around her. She was a faithful member of the Grant Evangelical Free Church and previously was active in the Grant Four Square Church. She had been a past member of the Eastern Star and the Rebekah Lodge.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gretchen was preceded in death by three sisters, Bobbi Cook, Myrrl Cornelius and Beverly Chrisman; her brother, George Ronald Gregg; and daughter-in-law, Betty Mefford.
She is survived by her son, Jimmie Mefford living in Olympia, Wash.; one grandson, Scott and wife Lisa of Penn Valley, Calif.; two granddaughters, Vickie Luck of Ocean Shores, Wash. and Patty Mefford of Olympia; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Rose Marie Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces and nephews who had a close relationship with Gretchen; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 19 at the Grant Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Russ Gaar officiating.
Burial was in the Wallace Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.