GRETCHEN KUEHN Was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa on August 18, 1950 and passed away surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 23, 2013. During her brief illness, countless friends flocked to the hospital to give Gretchen their love and support. To her family they described Gretchen as a friend of astonishing generosity. Gretchen earned a BA in Sociology and completed all of the coursework for a Master's degree in Sociology at the University of Northern Iowa. She was a Charter Member of the Cedar Falls Coop and a Founding Member of the Women's Health Clinic in Cedar Falls. Most recently she worked at the New Mexico Department of Labor where she spent untold hours helping unemployed Santa Feans find work. Gretchen was a free-range sociologist and also a poet, painter and philosopher in her own right. She was a fierce guardian of the defenseless and cherished challenging and difficult debates. She had an incredible and inquisitive intellect and welcomed thought provoking questions like a breath of fresh air. Gretchen loved hiking and camping with her family, playing billiards with her team, and dancing on the Plaza. She was a kind and generous person who found beauty in the smallest places. She touched countless souls who were bettered by her graces. We honor you, Mother, for your wisdom and your legacy of justice. She was preceded in death by her mother Betty Jean Troy and her father Paul Kuehn. Gretchen is survived by her three loving daughters sweet Julia, Liz and her partner Matt, and Toni and David, her sister Toni of Louisiana and brother Jeff of Washington. Most significantly, she is survived by the two most important people in her life, her granddaughters, Willa and Harper. We all miss you so much.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900