Gretchen was born May 16, 1938, the daughter of Henry and Ruth (Armstrong) Girton. She was a member of the Reelsville High School graduating class of 1956. Gretchen worked as a seamstress at Windbreaker's and Adamson's. She was also a custodian for the courthouse and cleaned houses for homeowners.
She enjoyed sewing, flowers and watching the news. She took the most pride in her family, especially her children and grandchildren.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents, son Henry Decker and sisters Alice Buchholz, Agnes Jack, Rose Richard and Erma Muncie.
She is survived by sons Riley Decker and Tammy Jones, Brazil, Thad Decker and fiancée Polly McVey, Brazil, daughters Rannah Jones, Mississippi, Maranda Croy, Brazil, grandchildren Leon Jones and wife Jennifer, Mississippi, Sadie Decker, Brazil, TJ Decker, Illinois, Larissa Decker, Brazil, Hannah Ray, Brazil, Brooke Decker, Brazil, Erin Nichole Decker, Alan Jones, Brazil, great-grandchildren Emma, James and Logan, sister Sharon Parker and husband Johnny, Arkansas, as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
A memorial graveside service will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Girton Cemetery in Brazil with Pastor Rich Lakowsky officiating. The family has entrusted French Funeral Home with her care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harris Bank, 103 West National Avenue, Brazil, Ind., 47834, attn: Gretchen Clark monument fund, to help with the purchase of a monument at the cemetery. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her remembrance.