Gretchen was raised in Wilmington, Ohio and at a young age wanted to be a Funeral Director. Gretchen graduated in 2003 from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a bachelor's degree in mortuary science and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer of the State of Ohio.
After serving her apprentice under Jeff Powers, she worked for Powers Funeral Home for 11 years. For the last 6 years she has served as a "trade embalmer" for her own firm Kell Mortuary Service as well as continuing to work at Powers.
She has embalmed for many, many funeral homes with-in the state of Ohio and many other adjoining states. She is known for her close attention of details and outstanding achievements of the practice of embalming.