Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH


Gretchen Mae (Eads) Downs

4 March , 19226 August , 2019

DOWNS. Gretchen Mae (Eads), age 97 was born on March 4, 1922 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Susie and Arnold Eads. Having lived a faithful Christian Life, she passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019. She and her husband, Clifford, shared 56 years together before his death at age 77 in 2001. They had one child, Gloria. They always loved their son-in-law, Neil Wetz, as their own. A life-long resident of Dayton, Gretchen began Bible teaching in her twenties and shared that gift with others into her early nineties. This is what she most desired to be remembered for. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Robert Craven, brother, Vernon Eads and brothers-in-law, Gordon and Harold Downs. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, Genevieve and Ned Rasor, brother-in-law, Harold Downs, and several nieces and nephews. Our special appreciation to loyal friends, ministers and family who lovingly visited her and to the caring staff at Lincoln Park Manor where she lived for 3 years. Friends may call from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at the David’s Community Chapel, 4600 Mad River Rd., Kettering, Ohio 45429, with a service at 11:00 a.m. Burial David’s Cemetery. On line condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.


  • Visitation Friday, 9 August , 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, 9 August , 2019


Gretchen Mae (Eads) Downs

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Jamie Maynard

8 August 2019

I knew Gretchen the past 16 years or so. I loved helping her do yard work such as planting, pruning, watering, mowing. We always stopped for tea & cookies. We loved to watch the birds, chipmunks, squirrels while sitting on her patio. Also enjoyed our conversations on random topics that she had in a special folder. She loved sharing her latest thrift store finds with me-jewelry, books, gifts for friends. I'm happy to have her favorite bird book now. Will always think of Gretchen with loving memories.

Judy Ashford

8 August 2019

Gretchen always greeted me with a smile and when I would stop and chat awhile, she was always full of interesting stories and loved to talk about her daughter, Gloria. She loved God so much and loved music of all kinds, especially when her favorite entertainer, Tim would perform and would constantly praise his talent. So glad we were able to add joy into her life. Trivia just isn't the same without her.

Judy and Gretchen's friends at Lincoln Park Manor

Julia Rasor

7 August 2019

My Aunt Gretchen was a very bright, quick witted, fun person who made people laugh with joy much like her mother Susie Eads who raised three sisters who loved each other dearly. To Gretchen for a life well-lived, we love you.