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Gretchen Roach

July 3, 1936 — February 25, 2016

Gretchen Roach

Gretchen (MaHanna) Roach died unexpectedly on February 25, 2016 in Greenville, North Carolina at the age of 79. She was born to the late William R. MaHanna and Gretchen Dyer MaHanna on July 3, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana.She graduated from Monticello High School (Twin Lakes) in 1954. She earned an associates of art from Stephens College Columbia, Missouri with a degree in fashion design. She married Richard (Dick) Roach, her high school sweetheart, in 1956. The couple welcomed three children into their home, and Gretchen set about teaching them the value of a strong work ethic. Her children remember her as an energetic mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals. She was employed by the Twin Lakes School district and worked for the High School as a main office secretary for 23 years. Gretchen was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Philanthropic Sorority of White County, Indiana and a member of the Oak Grove Christian Church in Carroll County, Indiana.Gretchen was accomplished at sewing, quilting and knitting. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and was an avid bridge player. Gretchen loved to travel so she and her loving husband, Dick, visited Ireland, Australia and England - to name a few. They also traveled most of the United States. For several years, she would visit the coast of North Carolina in the winter. She thoroughly enjoyed walking the beaches of Emerald Isle.Gretchen is survived by her husband, Richard Carl Roach of Monticello, Indiana; children, Robin Roach Gilley of Aumsville, Oregon, Richard Carl Roach II of Monticello Indiana, and Raegan Roach Kaler of Goldsboro North Carolina; and sibling, Echo (MaHanna) Trobough. Also surviving are six granddaughters Gretchen, Elizabeth, Courtney, Briana, Hanna and Hunter; two grandsons Richard and Harman and one great grandson Braxton; who affectionately called her GG. She leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by Shirley Ann MaHanna (sister) and William MaHanna (brother) of Lafayette, Indiana.Gretchen will be honored with a private family memorial.Memorial contributions may be sent to Oak Grove Church at 11810 North 900 West, Monticello, Indiana 47960Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello is entrusted with care.Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be extended at www.springerfuneral home.com

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