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Emily Frederica Fletcher

Emily Frederica Fletcher

Emily Frederica Fletcher, 90, went home to Heaven, surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 29th, as the sun reflected on her beloved snow covered Greensprings Mountain home.

She was born on May 26, 1916 in Denver, Colorado to Swan and Elizabeth Molberg. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, during her youth, where she graduated from high school. On June 27, 1936 she married Wade Henry Fletcher, her mate for life at Switzer's Camp in California's Sierra-Nevada Mountains.

Emily and Wade tired of city life, and in 1950 moved their children and Emily's mother to Highlands Ranch, in the Greensprings Mountains east of Ashland. Emily, made the transition from being a city girl to wilderness mother, and was widely known for her excellent cooking, and hospitality. In Emily's mind no visitor was a stranger nor was a visitor to leave her home until they were well fed and cared for.

Emily believed in the value of education, emphasizing its importance to her seven children and to thousands of children she impacted during her many years volunteering with Campfire Girls, and 4-H. A natural leader and role model, Emily served as president of the State 4-H Leaders Association. Emily was actively involved in the First Congregational Church, serving as state president for Church Women United in Oregon. In her later years, Emily attended Ashland and Greensprings Christian Fellowships.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wade. She is survived by her seven children: Guy Fletcher of Medford, Ore.; Marianna Simpson of Grants Pass, Ore.; Kenneth Fletcher of Medford, Ore; Susan Fletcher of Ashland, Ore.; Wayne Fletcher of Canterbury, Conn.; Penny Whitmire of Grants Pass, Ore.; and Richard Fletcher of Corvallis, Ore., and by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held to honor the life of this remarkable Christian woman on her birthday, May 26th, 2007.