Gretchen Wagner McDowell

Gretchen Wagner McDowell passed away peacefully on June 2, 2013, at the age of 51. Gretchen was born on Dec.11, 1961, in New Orleans, La., and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1979.

Although Gretchen had many achievements in her life, perhaps her greatest gift was her ability to engender enormous love and respect from those with whom she worked. Her Bud and Alleyʼs family, including owner Dave Rauschkolb, supported Gretchen during her valiant fight with cancer.

Gretchen is preceded in death by her father, Vernon Leslie Wagner, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Patricia Cole Wagner; siblings, Christopher Wagner, John Wagner, and Stephanie Womack; niece, Ashley Wagner; nephews, Hunter Wagner and John Womack; and sister-in-law, Kerrie Wagner who nurtured and loved her through her final days.

A visitation will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. June 6 at Point Washington United Methodist Church with a memorial service beginning at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Gulf Cemetery on County Road 393.

Gretchen’s life will also be celebrated immediately following interment at 17 Cessna Drive, Santa Rosa Beach. All are welcome to attend.