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Gretchen K. Thomsen


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Gretchen K. Thomsen

December 16, 1926 ~ June 2, 2018

Gretchen Keehn Thomsen was born in New Rochelle, New York to Grant and Marjorie Keehn. She grew up in Scarsdale and Chicago before graduating from Wellesley College. She went on to The Stanford Business School before marrying F Theodore Thomsen, whom she met on a blind date at Wellesley. They moved to Seattle in 1950 where Ted joined and became a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm. Gretchen had, and raised, four boys who kept her busy as a stay at home mom. Still she found time to volunteer for several organizations including the Ryther Child Center and The Lakeside Mothers Club. Ted and Gretchen and their four sons enjoyed many hiking, skiing, hunting, and fishing trips throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ted and Gretchen were also world travelers. Their adventures included climbing Kilimanjaro, hiking around Annapurna, backpacking for four months in Southeast Asia, and bicycling in China and Vietnam. She was active all her life and enjoyed boogie boarding in Mazatlan till she was 90.

Ted preceded her in Death in September 2009. She is survived by three of her sons, Brogan, Keehn, and Webb as well as 4 grandchildren, Bailey, John, David, and Barrett and one step grandchild, Alexis Howe. She lived life well and died peacefully at home surrounded by family.

We will miss her spirit immensely.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 12 to June 16, 2018
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