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Gretchen Knox

Gretchen Knox

Saturday, July 19th, 1924 Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for Gretchen M. Knox (Carlton)

Mrs. Gretchen M. (Carlton) Knox, age 96, of Vevay, Indiana, passed away at 9:17 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Gallatin Nursing & Rehab in Warsaw, Kentucky. She was born on July 19, 1924 near Caledonia in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the daughter of Ernest "Beck" and Pauline (VanTyle) Carlton, both of whom preceded her in death. At the age of three months, her parents moved across the road into Switzerland County, Indiana. She grew up in the Caledonia and Moorefield communities. She attended grade school at St. Mary's School and graduated from Vevay High School in 1942. She enjoyed sports, 4-H Club, school plays and loved animals. She loved to cook and entertain. After graduation, Gretchen worked at Coles Law Office and Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana. On April 13, 1943, Gretchen was united in marriage to Charles Knox. After Charlie served four years in the army during World War II, they purchased a farm on Parks Ridge in 1946. There they had a Grade A dairy farm and raised tobacco, hay and large gardens. They worked together as a team for 51 years. They took a lot of pride in their farm, home and cattle and always had a welcome mat out for all the nieces, nephews, family and neighbor kids. Gretchen loved to cook, bake, can and sew as well as helping with all the farm work. She served as President of the Women's Democrat Club for 15 years and ran an exercise class for six years in Vevay, Indiana. She was employed for Charlestown Powder Plant during World War II. She was employed for the Swiss Reducing Salon from 1980-1988. Gretchen served on the Switzerland County Health Board, Board of Directors for Switzerland County Housing, Democrat Precinct Committee Person and the Craig Township Precinct Election Board. Gretchen was a devout worker for the Democrat Party and was awarded the Lifetime Service Award on October 6, 2018. She served as a poll worker and absentee vote worker from 1946-2016. Gretchen was cited as Honorary Secretary of State in October 2008 for her lifelong dedication at the election polls. In 1947, she started her rooster collection and her house was decorated with roosters. They sold their farm in 1997 and moved to the Vevay community where their home was referred to as "the Democrat corner." Gretchen was very proud of her rooster collection and loved her two dogs, Tiny and Teddy. She was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 Ladies Auxiliary and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 Ladies Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Moorefield, Indiana. Gretchen was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church where she was baptized in 2010. Gretchen will be lovingly remembered by her cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest "Beck" Carlton, died April 31, 1968 and Pauline (VanTyle) Carlton, died December 23, 1993 and her husband, Charles Knox, died July 24, 2008.

Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing. Friends may call 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 9, 2020, by Rev. Mike Jones, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.

Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Response or Moorefield Volunteer Fire Department. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home
    208 Ferry Street
    VEVAY, IN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing.
  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home
    208 Ferry Street
    VEVAY, IN
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, October 9th, 2020
    11:00am
    Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing.
    Officiant
    Rev. Mike Jones
  • Interment

    Vevay Cemetery
    HWY 156
    VEVAY, IN
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Carroll Moore

Gretchen was a marvelous friend. I met her 50 years ago when Dr Moore went to her farm to treat a sick cow. She and I became instant friends. She made me decorated Sweatshirts for Christmas for many of those 50 years. When my life was torn apart, she was my greatest supporter. We took care of her dogs, and she loved them like they were her children. I am so thankful that Gretchen and I got to take several trips for shopping and to get her hair done. She touched our hearts with her love. RIP sweet Gretchen....we love you dearly.
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Lisa York

I have wonderful memories of my time spent with Gretchen. She was an amazing role model for hard work and hospitality. She taught me to can, cook and care about what I do in life. I'm so very grateful for her and the time she shared with me. Lisa York
Comment | Posted at 10:32pm via Condolence
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PJ VanTyle-Smith

Well, our photo is upside down and I can't figure out how to fix it:) She would have loved that! What a wonderful, beautiful life she lived for most of her years! I am so proud to call her my first cousin, she and Aunt Pauline were favorites of Daddy and mine too! Those were some of the best Sundays I remember in my childhood, going to Aunt Pauline's, Gretchen and Charlie there, and all the food! Gracious, those women could cook and bake! I'm most grateful for living in Madison for a few years and being able to visit and get her take on the VanTyle history. She wrote so much of it down and I'm pleased to be able to pass that on. If anyone would like a copy, just let me know! XO
Comment | Posted at 09:50pm via Condolence
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Irene Beck

Sorry I wasn't able to see you due to my health . I will always remember the the good times we had cooking together, working on the farm and the special time we had together. Even though I didn't get to see you very much , I still loved you. Love Irene
Comment | Posted at 07:30pm via Condolence
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