Gretchen Claire Buck

February 26, 1931 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Gretchen Claire Miller was born in Greybull, Wyoming on February 26, 1931 to Marion Dean Miller and Vivian Edythe Olds. At the age of three, her father accepted the leadership position with Realsilk Hosiery that was opening up in the Boise District. The family made the move to Boise.

Gretchen grew and started school in the East End but later moved to a larger family home in Boise’s Historic Neighborhood known as the North End. She attended school at North Junior High and later graduated from Boise High School in 1949.

She was smart and participated in many school activities. Gretchen was well liked by all her peers. She had a most identifiable laugh and could be heard throughout the hall. She laughed often so her friends nicknamed her “Gig”. Being the ambitious young adult, she learned the value of a penny. Both of her parents worked outside of the home so she learned responsibilities at a young age.

Mom picked up babysitting jobs often along Harrison Blvd. She was in high demand and earned well. She always spoke of her baby-sitting jobs and wished she had saved her money for later life. Mom spent many a sunny day on the hill at the Train Depot doing her studies with her friends. One summer, Mom had an opportunity to live and work up at the Anderson Ranch Dam Project while it was in construction. She and her girlfriend worked at the bowling alley setting pins for all the bowlers. At a young age, she and her older brother were put on a train to Grandma and Grandpa’s home in Nebraska. She always spoke of her times there and treasured them. This way their Mom and Dad wouldn’t worry about them during those summers while they were away from home….’at their jobs.

After graduating, Mom had interest in Fashion and Design. She had made a lot of her clothes and carried that talent on with her two girls by sewing for them.

Mom went on to higher education in California to a Fashion and Design School in the Los Angeles area. On one Christmas break, she was home and attended a dance at a local dance hall known as “The Mardi Gras”. There at the dance, she met Dad who was from Homedale. They danced the night away! This meeting led to more dates, and they later married in December 1950.

Mom and Dad lived in Homedale and started a family right away. Mom was a ‘Super Woman’ having seven babies all in one decade. There was a move to the Columbia Basin area in Washington State while Mom was pregnant with the last baby. She was often asked: How did you do it? Her only reply was “I don’t know…it was all a blur!”

After the family was raised, she took a position as a Dietary Cook at the local hospital. She used her talents in the kitchen to prepare all the specific meals needed for the patient load. Mom soon got a call to please move back to Boise to care for her aging parents. She spent several years doing this until they passed.

She continued to stay in her Boise home and eventually her daughter Shelley, and son would move in. Shelley and Brennan, her grandson, continued to share the home and Mom enjoyed many days watching him grow up and participate in his upbringing. This was a sacrifice for her while Shelley could work. After Brennan was grown, Shelley and Gretchen continued many days at the movies and a friendship developed. Shelley took care of her aging mother until she passed away February 1, 2024. She died on the same day as her son Chad eleven later.

She is survived by Joseph Buck (Sharon), Kari McDonald (Harry), Shelley Buck, Doug Buck, Mitchell Buck (Heidi), Stan Buck (Kimberly), 18 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents Marion Dean Miller and Vivian Edythe Olds, Joe Buck Sr. (former husband), Carl Miller (brother), Chad Buck (son), Alex Buck (grandchild), J.J. Buck (great-grandchild), and Quinn Buck (great-grandchild).

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February 9, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah St
Boise, ID 83706

February 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah St
Boise, ID 83706

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