Gretchen Masters-Wintringham passed away gently in the arms of her loving husband Bobby, on November 19th, 2014, from breast cancer.
Writing a tribute for Gretchen is like composing one for the sun; she was that bright light that one never expects to leave. She was admired for her genuine warmth, energy and zest for life that impacted whomever she touched.
Born December 15, 1955, in Beverly, Massachusetts, she was a 1973 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina and later, Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, graduating with a BA in Art. An accomplished watercolorist, Gretchen went on to produce and sell many paintings and cards. Skiing brought her to Aspen, and bluegrass music annually lured her to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where she met and married the man of her dreams, Bobby Wintringham. They moved from Aspen to a little piece of heaven near Dolores, Colorado and had a wonderful like making art and music.
Gretchen’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to open specialized clothing boutiques in the many towns she settled in. This desire also fed her passion for travel; she frequented Bali and other islands bringing back brightly colored sundresses and scarves for her boutique.
Gretchen will always be remembered as “The Goddess of Unconditional Love”, artist, entrepreneur, storyteller extraordinaire, steward of the Earth, and most importantly, a treasured wife and friend. She is preceded in death by parents Beverly and Jack Masters and niece Kristen Masters. Brother Jeff Masters, niece Devyn Masters and many aunts and uncles survive her on both the East and West Coasts. There will be a Celebration of Gretchen’s life on March 15th, 2015. Please email Bonnie Magee firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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