Garrett Funeral Home

460 North Main St., Waynesville, NC


Elna Cristine Gripp

August 25, 1936May 13, 2020

Mrs. Elna Gripp (nee Martin) was born on August 25th, 1936 in Levelock, Alaska. She passed away on May 13th, 2020 at the age of 83 at Autumn Care in Waynesville, NC. Prior to that, Mrs. Gripp had lived in Candler, NC with her daughter and son in law, Marlo and Steve Rosenthal. Mrs. Gripp was a Master Gardener who enjoyed nature and the outdoors. She took deep pride in her Alaskan Native heritage and had a special love for the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up. She had lived in Europe and traveled with her family there, as well as throughout the United States.

She is predeceased by her parents Peter Martin of Denmark, her mother Kattia Krobeck of Alaska, her sister Anna Borja of Oregon and her former husband Douglas Gripp also of Oregon.

Mrs. Gripp leaves behind many beloved family members and friends: her brother Niels, her daughter Marlo and son in law Steve, her son Nick and daughter in law Jean, her grandsons Felix and Spencer, dearest friends Vivienne and Velma, nieces and nephews, and other relatives, in laws and friends over the years.

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Velma Heckman

May 23, 2020

Elna and I were friends from the 4th grade and I am almost 83 now. We attended the same church where she, V-V (friend from Alaska) and I sang in a trio all through high school. We spent many nights sleeping over at her house or mine, she went with us on our family camping trips, we went on many day trips up and down the Oregon coast. Elna always found the most unique beach finds. She also loved garage sales and was a fierce barterer. She gave many of these finds to me. I still wear two pairs of slippers, have many objects she gave me such as a rusty old metal plant stand that looks like an antique. We loved to thrift shop in Astoria, Oregon and up and down the coast. Elna was also a good basketball player in high school. She was my longest long time friend and there will never be another like her. Marlo, you had a fun, full of adventure mother. Velma

Nick Gripp

May 16, 2020

I just want you to know that I appreciate you and everything you did for our family for all these years. Even though your body gave way from under you, your spirit and memory lives in me. I'm glad that Marlo and I were able to be by your side, to talk to you, to comfort you when you were scared. Jean, Spencer, and I are sad that you are now gone but are comforted knowing that God is taking care of you now.

Love, Nick.

Marlo Rosenthal

May 15, 2020

Dear Mom; we are so grateful that you gave your memories and life to us. We are glad that you are not in pain any more. We will continue to honor your memories and think on the good times, love Marlo and the rest of your family....


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