Skip to comments.FReeper GretchenM (formerly GretchenEE) has died.
Posted on 07/31/2007 4:57:53 PM PDT by DollyCali
I just received an Email from her son Mark.
I am Gretchen Erickson's son Mark, and I wanted to let everyone know who loved and appreciated my mother as much as I did that she is no longer with us. One comfort that I do have is the realization that she is no longer in any pain and is with God now. I still hear her resounding infectious laugh ringing in my ears as a constant reminder that she is having a wonderful time in Heaven. As I write this and I look at how many people she had in her contact list it show me that even with her limited physical abilities that she still made such a positive impact on the lives of so many different people throughout the vast expanse of our planet.
I wish I would have had the opportunity to communicate with all of my Mother's friends under circumstances that didn't bring such disparaging news.
At the same time,this turn of events might provide for a chance to hear from those people my Mother provided spiritual guidance, emotional support and general companionship to if the desire exists within those who knew her. From my personal standpoint, I would be greatly honored to hear any stories of how my Mother has inspired or helped anyone of you throughout the journey of your life.
As most of you who knew my Mother were aware, she has been struggling with emotional and physical problems for a very long time. She was feeling very weak and very sick over the last few days. Mike went to check on her the night before last, her body was rejecting the food she had tried to eat but she still appeared stable.
The next morning he went to check on her again and she wasn't in her bed. He then realized how quiet the house was and found her in the bathroom sitting on the floor. He tried CPR but to no avail, to much time had passed as she expired some time that night.
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My Mother has a very strong spirit that will carry on with those people she had the chance to cross a proverbial path with. I have never met another person that despite their circumstances never focused on how bad things were, but instead always looked for what was yet to come.
I love my Mother more than I can describe in words. She is the greatest woman I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I owe my livelihood, my table manners, my fervor and passion for knowledge, my love for God, and my wit, among many other attributes that would overload the internet if I were to list them all, to her and her alone.
She will live in my memory and my heart until I am once again rejoined with her in Heaven.
Beloved son of Gretchen
very sad to read. my prayers are with her and her family.
Prayers for Gretchen and her family.
God Bless her gentle soul.
A delightful soul
praying for her and family.
Rest in peace, Gretchen. Prayers for strength and comfort for Mark and family...
So sorry to hear this. Prayers and condolences to her family.
Sorry to hear this, my prayers and thoughts go out to her family.
May God rest and keep her soul and comfort her family. Amen.
I never knew her but after reading a tribute about someone who had such a profound positive impact on so many lives I can’t help but miss her.
Prayers, Rest in Peace.
Prayers for the family.
Prayers for Gretchen and family.
I don't know what to say.
I can't believe this.
You can count on that, Mark! I'm an oldtimer too. She will be missed.
May the Lord God Almighty comfort you and all of her family and friends in this time of sorrow.
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out for her and all those who are touched by her passing.
May the blessings flow down as the prayers flow up. May GOD bring peace and comfort to those that feel grief. May her soul rest comfortably in his arms, where here is no pain or sorrow. AMEN