Mary C. Fletcher, 84

Retail sales associate

July 11, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Mary C. Fletcher, a former retail sales associate and homemaker, died July 4 of complications from dementia at the Hamilton Center, a Northeast Baltimore nursing facility. The former longtime Waverly resident was 84.

Mary Constance Chase was born in Parksley, Va., and moved with her family to Govans in 1936 after they lost their once-prosperous cannery business because of the Depression.

Mrs. Fletcher attended city public schools and eloped when she was 16 after she fell in love with William James Fletcher.

"They actually married three times," said a daughter, Constance Ann Fletcher Cornacchia, of Towson.

"The first time they eloped she was only 16 and underage to legally get married, then they legally married, and then got married in the Catholic Church in 1941," she said.

After her children were in school, Mrs. Fletcher was a sales associate at the old O'Neill's department store in downtown Baltimore and then at the Read's drugstore on Greenmount Avenue.

She later was manager of The Cove, a curtains and bedding store on Greenmount Ave. She was working at Boulevard Hardware at the time of her 1994 retirement.

Her husband, a Crown Cork & Seal Co. machinist, died in 1977.

Mrs. Fletcher, who never learned to drive, walked or rode streetcars and buses for pleasure and work, family members said.

She was an excellent seamstress and especially enjoyed baking for family and friends.

"She was not rich nor was she famous, but she was beautiful, kind, thoughtful and loving," Mrs. Cornacchia said. "She was devoted, smart and way ahead of her time."

The former longtime Gorsuch Avenue resident moved to Rueckert Avenue in Hamilton in 1992.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.

Also surviving are another daughter, Joyce Fletcher of Hamilton; a brother, Richard J. Chase of Perry Hall; and a granddaughter. Another daughter, Mary C. Lantz, died in 1989.

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