Gretchen always loved Christmas! This year she joined our parents Edward A. Gall and Sandra Gall, for the ultimate Christmas celebration… in Heaven above. Gretchen passed away at the age of 61, at the same age as our mother.
There’s a quote by Hunter S. Thompson that sums up Gretchen very well;
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow, What a ride!”
From a young age Gretchen was always a curious explorer. She started out as a Girl Scout, however, she quickly found her independence and wanted to do things her own way. Hence began her troubled teen years. Gretchen evolved into what she thought was a “cool wild child” of the 1970s; a decade known for encouraging exploration and experimentation. Her favorite subject in school was “boys; the badder the better.” Her parents gained many a gray hair (or highlights as we like to call them) during Gretchen’s rebellious period. It was a difficult time to be her sibling as well. She even ran away! But eventually (and thankfully) found her way back home. She was a people person and sincerely loved everyone! There were very few people she couldn’t find a connection with.
Fast forward several years. In time, Gretchen gained knowledge, maturity and great management skills. She ran a company called United Ancestries where she met an older computer technician that came to help. He was smitten with Gretchen and kept asking her out. He wasn’t quite her type, but he was persistent. She finally gave in and found out that in reality, he was very much her type! The rest is history as Delbert W. Argyle and Gretchen were married until Delbert passed in Dec of 2000.
Love did not evade Gretchen for long. In 2004 while working at Snow Country Dental, an interesting man came in for a cleaning. While in the waiting room, he was laughing away at the TV playing “Sponge Bob Square Pants.” He immediately caught her attention as that was one of her favorite cartoons. While he was back getting his cleaning, the hygienist blurted out to him “that girl up front wants to know if you would go out with her!” (Geez, high school anyone?) Well, that man with sparkling teeth, was Rick Hitzelberger. He returned to the waiting room and asked Gretchen when she wanted to go out? Her love story continued as they were together ever since. Rick survives her still.
Gretchen had many hobbies; her biggest one being shopping. She had an eagle’s eye for finding great deals especially, at swap meets. She also loved the selling end of things and did quite well with internet and garage sales. Gretchen loved all holidays and lived to create decorations and fun-filled spaces. In addition, Scrap-booking and target-shooting were a big part of her many interests.
Animals couldn’t have had a better friend than in Gretchen. She always had a huge soft spot in her heart for all animals and even refused to eat certain meats. Her pets were her babies. Chestnut, Sam, Perry and Gaskat (he was gassy) were her cats when she was younger. Later in life, two beautiful Goldies, Bella and her baby Kingy were her beloved companions.
Our family is getting much smaller. Gretchen will be missed and survived by Heidi J. Moulton (the middle child) and Ed A. Gall (the youngest). She did not have any children but loved and doted on all her nieces and nephews and always threw the best Easter Egg hunts. Her kindness and humor will also be missed by her cousins.
The Funeral arrangements are for Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Aarons Mortuary, 496 24th Street, Ogden, Utah. A viewing from 10am to 1045 am with the Funeral Service from 11am to 12 pm. A graveside prayer will follow at Bountiful Cemetery.
Gretchen dearly loved her pets! She would be honored and very appreciative if you wanted to donate in her name to the Utah ASPCA. Just click on Memorial Donations. Thank you!