Gretchen Lyn Loard





Loard, GretchenGretchen Lyn Loard was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on April 15, 1967, the second daughter of Ray and Ellen Loard. She grew up in Edmond, Okla. graduating from Edmond Memorial High School in 1985. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She spent one summer studying in Paris where she honed her French skills and spoke like a native. After graduating from OU, Gretchen took a year off before entering the OU School of Law. She again spent a summer abroad, studying at Oxford and then heading once again to France for two more weeks. Her love affair with all things French continued for the rest of her life. She graduated from OU School of Law in 1993.

Gretchen lived in Dallas, Texas most of her adult life. She passed from this earth into the arms of her loving Savior at her home in Dallas on October 10, 2017. She leaves behind her grieving parents Ray and Ellen Loard of Edmond, her beloved sister Kelly and husband Ron Riney of Edmond, Kelly’s three children whom she loved dearly: niece Lauren and husband Cameron Castelli of Edmond, and nephews Cameron Riney of Baton Rouge, La, and Nathanael Riney of Edmond. She is also survived by her uncle Kent Williams of Oklahoma City, and aunt and uncle Becky and Dande Evans of Edmond, cousins Drew Williams of South Carolina, Hunter Williams of New York, Jack McClain of Ardmore, Okla., Vicky Woodburn and Deborah Ousley of Lawton, Okla., Kirk Loard of Georgia, and Brandon Loard of New Mexico. She also leaves behind a host of dear, dear friends whom she loved like family.

We will miss her bright smile and her vibrant personality. She was taken from us far too soon.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 20, 2017 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial donations can be made in her name to Hurricane Harvey Relief at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, OK, or to a charity of your choice.


  1. God bless you all. May you feel wrapped in and supported by love and prayers as you suffer this worst grief on earth. Others care so much and grieve with you.

  2. Ray and Ellen,
    Carol and I are shocked and extremely saddened with news of Gretchen’s death. Our prayers are with you, as they have been since we first heard about this.
    May God’s peace surround you and your entire family as we all grieve her untimely passing.

  3. Ray and Ellen,
    Words can’t begin to express our deep sorrow for your loss of Gretchen. Having two daughters ourselves makes this an unimaginable tragedy for you and all of your family. Please know that we hold you closely in our arms of thoughts and prayers now and for the rest of your lives’ journey without Gretchen. We hope that the time comes soon when the sadness of today evolves more into the joy of precious memories of her life with you.

  4. Ray and Ellen, My special thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.

  5. Ray and Ellen, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss of Gretchen. My deepest condolences and love to you.

  6. Ray and Ellen, so sorry to hear of your loss. May God’s love surround and support you through this difficult time. Rob Askew

  7. Dearest Ray and Ellen, we are so deeply saddened about your loss. If there is anything at all you need please call. Love you both.

    Phil and Frances Burgess

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Precious memories will be your comfort, sending our love.

    Gary and Nancy Miller

  9. Thinking of you and your family and hoping you will find comfort in special memories.

  10. ray and ellen- please accept my deepest condolences. i cannot imagine the depth of your loss. God bless you and yours- just know that i send my love and prayers . much love from dora horn in santa fe

  11. Please accept my sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  12. Ray and Ellen
    Barbara and I send our love to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  13. Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time. We are sharing you sorrow.

    Gretchen was such a dear friend to my sister Garla and myself. We loved her like our sister. She brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget her.

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our hearts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    We will be praying for you.

    With love and hugs,

    Garla and Denise Bryant (The Sisters in Dallas)

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