Thank you for following me, as we join here to help celebrate and commemorate my mother and your beloved Gretchen Ann Houser’s 80th birthday! And thank you, also, for your time as you share a memory with all of us here so invited to act as her memorialists and celebrants to her joyful, productive, and generous life.
Some here knew my mother as a child in her native Tennessee, and some later on as she married and raised her children as a legal professional, and prolific writer in Cleveland, Ohio. Often, because it was easy to be drawn to my mother, she met and made new friends through friendships she had just forged, too. And later here in Seattle, Gretchen grew a whole other network of people, all similarly great friends and companions offering a well of support. You may have volunteered with her at Salmon Bay K-8 School, or you may have been a fellow writer whose support she appreciated, and to whom she offered her steady support as well. She led a beautiful life, and she strings friendships like pearls onto a great necklace, by now a lovely gracious length.
That we are forced to commemorate and celebrate her accomplished, remarkable, and literate, loving life electronically (but no less personally) due to the pandemic is the big whopper that no one would have believed had it been predicted. Here, in Seattle, it’s clear that she will face another lockdown, but thankfully the universe is working here with her as she continues to stay safe and happy in her home within a home where she is, predictably, beloved. This week, a local newsprint reached out as they often do, to recruit Gretchen to write a new piece for their October edition — some things never change. But some things have, it’s true, and Gretchen needs our support and love more than ever before.
Share a thought, a few words, a riddle, a rhyme
Send a photo, including those that might speak of her, or even to her
Upload a video, an audio file, or other digital file
Send a private email
Download a book of Gigi’s short stories, entitled “In Her Own Words” and published by Seattle author Paddy Eger
View and download the links to Gretchen’s published works
View Gretchen’s most recent submission of September 2021 on her 80th birthday
“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Many thanks from me, my husband Markus, and her grandchildren Henry, John, and Lina Lofstrom. Look for your updated link to this page on her 80th birthday on:
Saturday, September 18, 2021