Norma W. Fletcher, 98

Norma W. Fletcher, of Ravenna, NE, left her earthly home Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the tender age of 98 years, 5 months at the Good Samaritan Center in Ravenna.

Norma Fletcher was born March 4, 1920 in Denver, CO to Thomas and Ruth (Sage) Hughes. She acquired her education in many different locations as her family traveled to Denver, Kansas and Oklahoma in her early years. She also attended Paramount School south of Long Pine, NE, with her education ending at the 10th grade level in Long Pine. She was always saddened that she could not finish her high school education, as she really enjoyed school.

At an early age she always helped with the chores, especially the cattle. She would take care of the herding and mending the fences for her dad. She loved all animals. In her final days she was very sad she could not be home with her white cat Little Kitty and her little dog Pupsy.

She was a very strong and unique woman. She loved her music and tap dancing and would often be heard singing her favorite hymns and songs while she did her daily chores. She also was an avid reader of the Bible and was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist church.

She married Francis D. Fletcher on February 12, 1945 at Ainsworth, NE while he was home on leave. They made their first home in Couer d’Alene, ID, then moved back to the Carlson Ranch near Koshopah in Brown County before their first son was born. After the blizzard of 1949, they moved to a farm in Sherman County in the Wiggle Creek School community south of Loup City, NE. In the spring of 1965, they moved to the Bloody Run School area near Hazard, NE, retiring in the community of Ravenna in 1990.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother opening her home to many. She always welcomed visitors and her home was always a gathering place for her nieces, nephews and other friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Zella McCloughan, and L. Geneva Saar; brothers, T. Donald and Ralph Hughes; plus three other siblings who died at birth; husband, Francis Fletcher; daughter, Sheila Shaw; great-grandson, Derek Hall; and daughters-in-law, Diane and Betty Fletcher.

Survivors include her children, Lonnie Fletcher of Colome, SD, Diana (Bob) Sears and Val (Rosalie) Fletcher of Ainsworth, NE, Roxie Fletcher of Ravenna, NE, and Syrie (Steve) Vicary of Logan, IA; sisters-in-law, Joan Hughes of Winner, SD and Laura Hughes of Sierra Vista, AZ; seventeen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Congregational Church in Ravenna. Rev. Jeff Zinnel and Steve Vicary officiated. Burial was in the Austin Cemetery in Rockville, NE. Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna was in charge of the arrangements.

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