Gretchen Thomas, lifelong resident of Alice, passed away on September 17 due to complications of a long illness.

She was born on March 21,1941 in her grandmother’s house.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Speedy Thomas Jr. and by her parents, Erna Besse Chase Barden, Henry Chase and James Barden. 

She is survived by her children: Kathy Crea (Tom), Becky Schwertner (David), and Randy Lowe. 

She was a proud and loving Grandma to Collin, Bryan, Brittany, Wesley, Annie, Jenny, and Emily. She was a talented seamstress and loved gardening, bird watching and NASCAR.

Per her request there will be no funeral and private graveside services will be held at a later date at Alice Cemetery.