From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, August 7, 2014, page 2:
Longtime Bayard resident and former Bayard Postmaster Gretchen Vaughan, 94, died last Thursday at the New Homestead Nursing Home in Guthrie Center.
Services for Vaughan were held Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Bayard with Rev. Charlene Wolfe officiating. Music was provided by Joseph Holbrook and Martha Wolfe. Interment was at the Highland Township Cemetery near Bayard. The visitation was held Monday at the Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard.
Sara Gretchen, daughter of Robert Haydn and Edna Pearl (Pierce) Kinnick, was born April 13, 1920, north of Coon Rapids in Carroll County. She attended several elementary schools, mostly near Bayard, and then graduated from Glidden High School in 1938.
On June 30, 1940 Gretchen was united in marriage with Marion Alfred Vaughan in Carroll. They farmed in Guthrie County for several years until her husband decided to drive truck full time. At that time they moved into Bayard where she did bookkeeping for the truck line. Later she worked part time at the post office and at Starling Hardware.
Gretchen became the Post Master in 1970 and served in that position for 15 years. Her husband died in 1971. She remained in their home in Bayard for several years until moving to a smaller home in Bayard.
Gretchen was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bayard where she was baptized and was a member of the Rebekka’s Lodge. With her green thumb she tended to her garden and canned the vegetables it produced. Gretchen enjoyed playing cards, quilting blankets for family members and especially spending time with her family. She moved in with her daughter in January of this year. After a fall in which she broke her arm, she moved to New Homestead Nursing Home in Guthrie Center where she died on July 31 at the age of 94 years, 3
months and 18 days.
Preceding Gretchen in death are her parents; husband; son Richard Marion Vaughan in 1983; brothers Lyle Kinnick (Marie); Burdette Kinnick (Ruth); sisters Ila Jean Buhr; Betty Sheer (Howard); grandson Jacob Cody Stringer and several inlaws which she was very close too.
She is survived by daughters Patricia Ann Presley of Auburn, and Sue Vaughan of Manning and
daughter-in-law Sandi Vaughan of Spencer, IN; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gretchen was a "Kinnick Cousin" - first cousin of my mother.
Families are Forever! ;-)