My sister-in-law, Gretchen (Semrad) Boyer changed her address early Tuesday morning. Fortunately she left a forwarding address where we can all reach her, especially my brother Alan, her son Gavin, and daughter Karley. Gavin is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and Karley is a sophomore at Fairview high school.
Her parents, Philip Semrad and Nancy Saunders introduced her to the world on April 2, in Enid Oklahoma.
She graduated from Round Rock High School in Austin Texas. An Okie at heart, she graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned her license as a Certified Public Accountant. A profession that suited her perfectly as she was a stickler for details.
Gretchen was the ultimate multitasker. She juggled working from home, parenting, community service, (Gamma Mother's club, Relay for Life, Fairview Sports Boosters) and many other volunteer activities. I always looked forward to attending an event at their house because Gretchen was an excellent cook/chef.
It was rare to see her without a smile on her face. I don't think that she missed more than a handful of her children's activities and was a season ticket holder for the OSU Cowboy football team. I'm sure that her closet had a large section of orange and black apparel. Those were the colors for the Fairview Yellowjackets as well as the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
My brother Alan and Gretchen were married in 1990. I don't know if he fully realized it at the time, but as the years passed I think he began to understand just how fortunate he was.
We will be celebrating her life on Saturday. Because she was involved in so many different things, she had tons of friends and I am sure St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Okeene will be overflowing.
Thank you Lord for the time that we had with Gretchen.
We love you much and miss you much, Dennis