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Gretchen Matthews

Wichita, Kansas

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DOWNING & LAHEY MORTUARY EAST CHAPEL Obituary

Gretchen Matthews, 83, loving mother, grandmother and friend, passed away quietly Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Originally from Ft Collins, CO, she lived most of her life in the Dundee area.  She was once Village Clerk for Sleepy Hollow, and was a longtime volunteer for both the...

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Gretchen was both a friend and a mentor for me and other women in public office. She was sharp and insightful and was both loved and respected. She leaves a proud legacy of public involvement. Peace and blessings to her family.

Over games of tennis, Gretchen convinced me to run for village clerk in sleepy hollow when her term ended. I spent 9 years as Clerk. We spent many hours as volunteers with the League of Women Voters. Lots of great memories. Love to her family. She was a smart, funny, generous person and our community is better for her being involved.

Loved and missed by many

She will be missed.

We don't know what to say except that we love you.We cant understand exactly how you feel,but God does and will keep raising you up .We hope that our prayers will help a little.

Gretchen and I met 46 years ago when we both lived in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. We kept in contact over the years and many relocations. When I moved to Minnesota, her home was the halfway point in my travel to Michigan to see my Grandchildren. I always looked forward to the day I would stop & spend the day with Gretchen. We never ran out of things to talk about and although we didn't always agree, we respected each other's opinion. Gretchen sent me a birthday card every year and wrote a...