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Gretchen Carolyn Davis

November 24, 1917 September 18, 2019
Gretchen Carolyn Davis
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Gretchen Carolyn Davis (Gretchen the Great, Great Grandma Gretchen, Triple G) was born November 24, 1917 in Omaha, NE. After 101 years of love and kindness to others, she passed away peacefully on September 18, 2019. Her family, parents August and Ruth Berg Kroger and sister Arlys, moved to Portland, Oregon when the girls were young. Her brother William (Bill) was born after their arrival. Gretchen attended Kennedy Grade School and Washington High School. On August 17th, 1940 she married Robert Miller. During the war they supported the military as civil servants in Pearl Harbor after the devastation. Upon their return from Hawaii, their daughter Nancy was born. Robert passed away in 1948. Gretchen worked for Fred Meyer as supervisor of their Portland area bakeries.
After meeting on a blind date, set up by family friends, Gretchen married Harold B. Davis (1910-2003) on February 9th, 1951 at the First Covenant Church in Portland. She moved to McMinnville where Harold owned a feed store with his family. They had two daughters, Arlys and Barbara, and a son Thomas who died in infancy. During their time in McMinnville, Gretchen was a bailiff in the Yamhill County Circuit Court, secretary at the McMinnville Chamber of Commerce, sold shoes and with a friend operated the Side Door, a retail space for local artists and craftsman. She was active in Girl Scouts, P.E.O., Northwest Turkey Association, Michelbook Country Club, Red Cross, Hospital Auxiliary, Juvenile Advisory Council, and the McMinnville First Presbyterian Church. Gretchen was honored for her community involvement by being named McMinnville's Woman of the Year in 1974 and as one of the top ten Most Watchable Women in McMinnville in 1977.
Gretchen enjoyed golf, painting, ceramics, bridge, Mahjong, genealogy, and watching the Blazers and Mariners. Her true love was traveling. She visited every continent in the world including a trip to Antarctica at the age of 80. She was in Russia during the Cold War and ziplined in Costa Rica at the age of 90. She never knew a stranger and was kind to each and everyone she met around the world.
Gretchen's kindness could be seen at every family holiday where tables were full of family and friends. Everyone had a place and was treated like family whether you were or not. Full tables included her son in laws, John Specht and John Senger, 5 grandchildren, Gretchen Stephens Brunner (Kris), Sam Specht, Alex Specht, Cassy Taylor (Kirk) and Jenny Senger. She was loved by 8 great grandchildren, Aaron, August, Will, Pearl, Weston, Sarah (Ross), Travis (Kylee), and Taylor, as well as 3 great great grandchildren, Gabriel, Augustus, and Penelope.
In the spirit of Gretchen and her hospitality, a celebration of a life well lived will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville on Friday, October 25th at 2:00. Memorials may be directed to children, youth and family ministries at the McMinnville First Presbyterian Church or to a charitable organization of your choice.

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2:00 PM 10/25/2019 2:00:00 PM
McMinnville First Presbyterian Church

135 N.E. Evans Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

McMinnville First Presbyterian Church
135 N.E. Evans Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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