Gretchen Anne Clift
Gretchen Anne Clift

March 9, 1933 - October 28, 2017
Born in Cambridge, New Zealand
Resided in Annapolis, Maryland
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Gretchen Anne Clift was a woman of striking beauty and accomplishment, the best of wives and mothers, who gave creatively, academically, and through works of government in the community of Annapolis she loved. She was blessed with one of the most beautiful voices ever heard.
Born in Cambridge, New Zealand, on March 9, 1933, the next to youngest in a family of three sisters and a brother, she spent her early years on a small farm and was forever a friend and caretaker of any animal she met. She received her degree in geography from Canterbury University, taught, and then moved to the United States to marry A. Denis Clift and, with great pride, become an American citizen.
Her sons Alexander Eugene, 1967-2014, and Tyrone Christopher, 1969 - , were her joy. With them, she participated in Childrens Theater as a set designer and constructor, conceiving, sewing and building the most remarkable props. In parallel, her works as a watercolorist captured Annapolis the seaport, its people, the surrounding countryside, and the ports of New Zealand. Her designing and shaping of the Clift homestead and gardens dazzles - with many news articles and formal tours.
As her sons entered and rose to graduate from The Key School, she served first as library volunteer, then President of the Parents League, and upward to Key School Trustee.
She was a leader in her Wardour community, and a formally cited and honored participant in city and county studies on the best course ahead for Annapolis. These good works culminated and continued with Mayor Ellen Moyer swearing her in as a member of the Annapolis Conversancy Board - from mom to official office!
An adventurous New Zealander at heart, she visited family in Australia late in her years to climb the Sydney Bridge.
Gretchen was taken from us by Alzheimer’s Disease on October 28, 2017. Her memorial service will be at St. Anne’s Church, Church Circle, Annapolis, on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM.




Memorial Service
Saint Anne's Episcopal Church
Church Circle
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
4:00 PM