Born in Olmstead, Ky., on April 25, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Maude Elizabeth Sanders duBarry Kemp and the late Edwin Owen duBarry. She grew up in rural southern Kentucky surrounded by the presence and love of her extended family, especially of her grandmother, "Little Mother," and her Aunt Marguerite and Uncle Kenneth Stratton, who gave her away at her wedding. She graduated from Olmstead High School in 1941 and from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1948. She taught elementary school for a few years before she married.
On June 8, 1947, she married James Louis Fletcher, a U.S. Air Force officer of Gideon, and they had two sons, James Louis Fletcher, Jr., and David Carter Fletcher. She and her husband lived in Gideon for their entire married life of 58 years. They loved to travel, especially to Islesboro, ME., where they had built a beloved vacation home, which they enjoyed for more than 25 years.
She was active in her church, First Presbyterian of Malden, where she had served in many ways. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 37:4, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." She was a member of the D.A.R. in the Lucy Jefferson Lewis Chapter, New Madrid.
She loved classical music, old movies, time with family, caring for her home and being in her kitchen. She struggled with bad health for the last three years of her life, but tried to keep up her dignity and courage with the help of her husband and the faithful care of Shirley O'Dell of Malden.
Surviving are her husband; a sister, Annette Kemp Williamson Hayes of Russellville, Ky.; two sons, James L. Fletcher, Jr., of Savannah, Ga., and David Carter Fletcher of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandchildren, David Fletcher of Laurel, Md., Sarah Fletcher of Savannah, Ga., Abigail Fletcher of Nashville, Tenn., James Samuel Fletcher of Pensacola, Fla., Allison and Angela Fletcher of New Canaan, Conn., and Emily and Lutcy Fletcher of Ambler, Penn.; and two great-grandchildren, Kate Ann Fletcher and Eliza Sinclair Fletcher of Laurel, Md.
The family received friends at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Malden on Tuesday, July 5. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 6, at the First Presbyterian Church in Malden. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Kennett.