Gretchen Kay Knowles left this world tragically on June 20, 2019, the
victim of a hit and run driver.
She was born July 6, 1964, the daughter of the late Joseph Gaughan and
Donna Kay Gaughan of Napa, CA. She was the youngest of two siblings.
Gretchen graduated from Napa High School in 1982 and went on to
complete the Nursing Program at Napa State College to become a
Registered Nurse in 1984. At that time, she held the honor of being the
youngest to graduate in the history of the program.
Gretchen worked for Kaiser Hospital as a Discharge Nurse for nearly
two decades before moving to Monterey Ca in order to spend time
raising her daughter Katrina. Gretchen, a breast cancer survivor, was
very active in local volunteer work and community services as well as
participating in school activities. She enjoyed animals, art, shopping and
doing for others, but most of all, she adored her daughter.
She is survived by her daughter Katrina of Monterey, her mom Donna
Kay Gaughan and partner Frank Silva of Napa Ca, her loving dog Daisy,
and the father of Katrina, Pete Randazzo of Marina, CA.
A service is being held Tuesday July 16, 2019 at St John’s Episcopal
Church in Monterey at 11am.
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