October 17, 2021

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Eugene celebrates lifestyle of small business leader Gretchen Hult Pierce

From her perform as a revered neighborhood and business enterprise leader on innumerable boards to running her family’s organization for decades to empowering women, Gretchen Hult Pierce completed an extraordinary list of feats prior to she died July 23 at age 76. 

Far more than 100 people attended a celebration of daily life Sunday for Pierce in the Hult Heart for the Accomplishing Arts lobby. When requested if any of them at any time worked with Pierce, dozens elevated their fingers.

Pierce’s daughter, Hailey Altamirano, 44, spoke about her mother’s means to be difficult and loving as a parent and praised her perseverance to make others she worked with better.

“She was incredible, and like my brother claimed, she designed all people be far better by 1%,” Altamirano explained. “And if most people goes out and normally takes what they realized from her and enhances 1%, then we can be a much better local community.”