Gretchen L. Murphy, 88, Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at her home on golden pond in Brainerd.
She was born on March 3, 1921, to Graydon and Cecile (Minski) VanAtta in Lincoln, Minn.
Gretchen was a library secretary for the Brainerd public schools. She was a devoted mother and an avid gardener. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd.
She is survived by her sons, James (Lois) Murphy and Michael Murphy; her grandchildren, Anna (Shawn) Marsh, Justin Murphy, Shon Murphy, Shawn Long; and great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Emilee, Kaitlyn, Dylan, Ashley, Katie, David and Rebecca.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.J. "Bud," and her granddaughter, Kelly Long.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd with Pastor Rory Swenson officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Brainerd.
Arrangements are with the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd.
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