Gretchen Arnett (Bogardus) Bills

Born: Sun., Sep. 15, 1940
Died: Sat., Jul. 1, 2017

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Gretchen Arnett (Bogardus) Bills

An Amazing Wife, Mother, & Friend -

Gretchen Arnett (Bogardus) Bills, age 76, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Amarillo, TX, passed away while being comforted by her loving family on Saturday, July 1, 2017.  Gretchen was born on Sunday, September 15, 1940 in El Paso, TX to the late Fred William Bogardus, Sr. and Mary (Milam) Bogardus. 

Gretchen’s survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Robert Joe Bills; her two children: Lyndra J. Bills of Marysville, Robert M. Bills and his significant other, Kathleen Adams, of Greentown; her three siblings: Fred William Bogardus, Jr., of Minnesota, Carl Henry Bogardus of New Mexico, Jeannette McFarlin of Texas; her beloved dog, Annabelle; and several nieces and nephews.

Gretchen was an amazing wife, mother, and friend.  She could hold the world on her shoulders and you would never know anything about it.  Gretchen would do anything she could for anyone who asked and she never had a harsh word for anybody.  She loved her family and friends; they were of the utmost importance to her.  Gretchen was involved with the First Christian Church Mariner’s Class, the Peacemakers Quilt Club, the Quilt Mafia, and her Ya’s Group.  She and her husband, Robert, loved to play dominos with their friends.  Life was her canvas and it would be hard to capture all of her passions into just one paragraph.  She had a huge spirit, which was never deteriorated by her small size.  Gretchen was very proud of her kids and wanted everyone to know it.  She was a dedicated wife and always supported Robert through many tough times.  Gretchen loved animals, especially all of her doggies.  She found great comfort in her faith knowing that she would be joining Jesus Christ.  Gretchen wished for those who knew her to celebrate her life and each other; live life, love life.  She will be dearly missed. 

Gretchen’s family is planning a memorial service for a later date.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Gretchen’s life, and to honor her love of animals, can be made to any pet charity of the donor’s choosing.

Gretchen’s family has entrusted her care to Myers – Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Gretchen’s full obituary, view her memorial video, and sign her official guest book at

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Cynthia Uranga
   Posted Fri July 07, 2017
My prayers go out to this precious family in this very tough time. Gretchen was a awesome lady I had the pleasure of knowing just a little over a year. She was such a strong, loving and precious soul! She is greatly missed and loved.

Mary Bonner
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
My Aunt was the sweetest lady ever, her love for family, friends and animals was endless. Love you and miss you foreveršŸ’œ

Mike Barley
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
To Robert and the extended Bills family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers are sent to all of you during this difficult time. Your mom and dad always made me feel like part of the family when I came over to visit when they lived in Plainview and I have nothing but good memories of them both. Please accept condolences on behalf of myself, my mom and my sister.
Mike Barley, Lubbock, TX
Enga Barley, Plainview, TX
Patricia Wheeler, Greenville, TX

Dana Cordova
   Posted Wed July 12, 2017
I worked with Gretchen years ago at Western Merchandisers and we quickly became friends. It's been years since I've seen her but have thought about her often.

I am so sorry for your loss, she was an awesome lady!

Elvira B Padilla
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
Gretchen and I worked at cellular one of amarillo. She was always very nice and kind to me. I loved the way she dressed and her humor. Prayers for family.

Karen and Joe Jett
   Posted Thu July 13, 2017
Dear Robert: How sad we are that you lost your precious Gretchen. But how sweet the memories that we have of those happy times we all spent together. Happy memories are forever and we will never forget them. The Saturday domino games, fun trips, meals we shared and work and play at the church are things a good life is made of. We are thinking of you, Rob and Lyndy and our hearts are full of love and prayers for you.

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