There is no great beauty in the world. There is no more kindness, no more pure love in the world today. Because when she left, she took it with her.
When Ellen Ann Fletcher was born to Lois and James Armitage on May 19, 1955, God poured onto this earth all the charity, hope, beauty and joy a God can produce. Her great loves and boundless talents at a young age were singing and theater. For her, though the highest form of art was not performances, but creation. On November 6, 1976, she fell for a man’s smooth dancing, and married Frederick Wesley Fletcher. Their union of 40 years would shape the lives of their 8 children, 28 grandchildren, two dumb dogs, about 20 chickens, two peacocks who thought they were turkeys, and every person whose life she glided through and brightened.
Five years ago, Ellen was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, and for five short, too short years, she fought that disease longer and stronger than was thought possible. This glamorous, strong, and stubborn Irish and Scottish woman from Detroit, Michigan would not bend or even quiver at the tortures in her blood, or anything Hell or Earth could pelt her with, but instead would look at you and say, “You poor boy. You poor girl. Poor you, who has to see me like this.” Her eyes shining not with pain or suffering, but of the deepest affection.
On December 13, 2016, after every devil in every world could do nothing more to hurt her, God Himself came down from Heaven and told her it was time. And she told Him “No”. Not until every one of her children and her loving husband were around her bed, not until the priest was there to fill her ears with the words of her faith, would she allow God to take her.
At 12:15 AM. on December 13, 2016 her suffering was ended in quiet and peace, and ours increased with, cries and tears that will never dry.
She is survived by those who will struggle to find that brightness of light again, Her husband Fred, of the home; her children, Christine, Bernadette, Margaret, Theresa, Mary, David, Andrew and Ian; two step-children Anne and Fred; two sisters, Patricia and Joan; 28 grandchildren, and by those that preceded her in death, her parents and two sisters, Nora and Diane.
A Requiem Mass will be at 7:00 A.M. Friday, December 16, 2016 at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys. Mrs. Fletcher will lie in state from 1:00 P.M. until 4:30 P.M. Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys. A rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Thursday at the church. Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace cemetery, St. Marys. Memorial contributions may be made for masses and sent in care of the funeral home.