Gretchen Thornton Frisby

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Gretchen Thornton Frisby

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Gretchen Frisby
Gretchen Frisby

On Thursday, February 13th, Mom took the Lord Jesus’ hand and went home after 104 and 1/2 years. She lived a rich life of faith, love, family and the Montana/Wyoming outdoors. She touched the lives of many. She alway said, “Family is the light of my life.”
Gretchen was born in Chicago to Ray and Mary Thornton. Her family moved West as her dad was with the Northern Pacific Railroad. They lived in Missoula, Spokane, Billings and Bridger.
She grew up in Bridger attending school there. She rode her pony, hooked rides with her sled as farmers came to town with their wagons, learned to swim in the irrigation ditches and played running center on the Bridger High Girls’ basketball team. She attended Montana State College, aka MSU-Bozeman.
Following college she served as Town Treasurer, Clerk of the Court and Secretary for the County Agent in Basin, WY. She was active in the Women’s Professional & Business Club. She played with the town piano group who presented concerts featuring several pianos with 2 players per piano.
She married Bert Frisby in Basin in 1937. They were married for 49 years. They shared the love of the mountains, fishing, family and gardening. They then moved to Billings where Bert was a plumber. During WWII, they lived in Los Angeles where Bert worked building Liberty Ships. They returned to Billings and later spent many winters in Arizona. They traveled extensively with their Air Stream trailer and on other trips.
Early in life she committed her life to Jesus Christ and served Him through the years. She was a 75 year member of the First United Methodist Church and served in circle, Sunday school and youth work. She was president of the Women’s Society and secretary of the State Conference. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Eastern Star, & P.E.O.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, sister and brother-in-law Muriel and Clark Simon, and nephew Jerry Frisby, and is survived by her son Tom (Kathy) Frisby, grandchildren Rick (Susan) Karp and Tammy (Graham Mather) Frisby, great grandchildren Cory Karp, Jack Mather, Dillon, Shannon, Emily, and Carley Haskell, nieces and nephews, Ron & Myrna Simon and Bruce & Sharon Simon, Ted Frisby, Katherine DeCourcy, Larry Frisby, Pat Rankin, Liz Lutton and Jane Kincaid. There are many great nieces, nephews, friends and relatives who will also miss Gretchen.
A special “Thank You” to the wonderful and caring staff at Westpark Village where she lived for 17 years and the special people of Riverstone Hospice. God’s blessings on each and everyone of you.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19th at First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the church/charity of your choice.

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  1. Beverly Bilyeu-Carkeek

    Tom, Kathy & family: My sincerest sympathy to you. One is never quite prepared for the loss of a parent-regardless of age-and the void it leaves; What a wonderful legacy of a life well-lived and many great memories she left for all of you! I remember the few times she was in the office, her pride in you was so apparent. I think God figured since you came late into her life, He’d give her a tad more than the usual life span, so she could enjoy time with her son and the family that evolved from her “surprise” child. I know you will find comfort in God’s love and in knowing your mom has settled in to her Heavenly home; maybe there was a spot waiting for her on the girl’s basketball team!

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