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Jeanne Marie Grether


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Jeanne Marie Grether Obituary
Jeanne Marie Grether, 93, passed from this life on January 24, 2015 after a full, memorable life. Jeanne was born in Denver, Colorado on February 13, 1921 to Albert Daniel and Mary (Walker) Nelson. As a young adult in Denver she worked at an industrial bank. In 1944 she met a young pastor, Rev. Herbert G. Grether, at a church camp (Innsmont) in Bailey, Colorado. They married in 1945 and served at the Rankin Presbyterian Church in Brush, Colorado for several years.

In 1947 the Grethers answered a call to serve as Presbyterian missionaries in Thailand. Thus began a meaningful missionary career in that spanned 21 years. Jeanne loved her work with Thai women and as an English teacher to Thai teachers and also worked in prison ministry. Her four children had the time of their life growing up in the tropics.

Leaving the mission field in 1969, Jeanne and Herb lived in California, then Colorado where Herb did a series of interim pastorates. He then worked as a permanent pastor for seven years at the Community Church of the Rockies in Estes Park before retiring in 1985. Jeanne was a natural as a pastor's wife due to her warmth and outgoing nature. She also used her excellent secretarial skills throughout her life, including a job as office manager for Dr. Maurice Albertson, "Father of the Peace Corps" at CSU.

Jeanne's life can be noted for many worthwhile accomplishments but what endures is her optimism, faith and unconditional love for people. Family will miss her loving heart and warm hugs.

Jeanne is survived by her children, Bob (Katy) of Salida; Mark (Ying) of Berkeley, CA; Mary Ligon (Lee) of Loveland; Bruce (Thomas Manes) of Wimberley, TX; "adopted daughter" Carol Licht (Jeff) of Yakima, WA; and her grandchildren, Greth and Mark Ligon, Molly Grether and Anna Grether.

A celebration of Jeanne's life will be held at First United Presbyterian Church at 4th and Jefferson Streets in Loveland, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015, officiated by the Reverends Laurie Lyter and Paul Wiener. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grether Scholarship Fund for McGilvary College of Divinity in Chiangmai, Thailand. Checks should be made out to "First United Presbyterian Church", (400 E. 4th St./Loveland, CO 80537) with "Grether Scholarship Fund" on the memo line. Online condolences may be sent to family at www.kibbeyfishburn.com.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Feb. 14, 2015
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