Nancy Joan Fletcher, 83, volunteered at Colonial Williamsburg Library

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Nancy Joan Fletcher
Nancy Joan Fletcher

Nancy Joan Fletcher passed away peacefully of pancreatic cancer on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at the age of 83 after she had bravely endured the past three years of paralysis resulting from a near fatal brain hemorrhage in 2012.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Samuel, and their children, James Samuel Fletcher, and his wife, Rebecca, of Burbank, Calif., and her daughter, Lynn Pauline Gormley, and her husband, Buck Gormley, of Gloucester; granddaughters, Rachel and Leila Fletcher; a brother, Robert Brunner, and his wife, Susan, of Port Royal, S.C.; her sister-in-law, Joan Fletcher of Ringwood, N.J.; and nieces and nephews.

Nancy was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to George and Marie Brunner and graduated from Baldwin High School, Long Island, in 1950, where she was in the Honor Society and school orchestra, and then attended the College of Wooster, Ohio.

She met her husband, Sam, when she worked a summer job at Grumman Aircraft and switched to a secretarial course at Katherine Gibbs after their engagement. She worked at Stauffer Chemical and Grumman for several years before they built a house in Setauket, Long Island, where they were to live very happily for 30 years.

She served as Cub Scout den mother and elder of the Setauket Presbyterian Church and worked as secretary to the director of special education, Three Village School District, for 10 years. The Fletcher family also became very actively involved in re-enactments for the Bi-Centennial Celebration of the American Revolution, and Nancy became an expert interpreter of 18th century food preparation and open-fire cooking. After moving to Williamsburg in 1988, Nancy was active in the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church as an elder, circle leader, usher and liturgist.

She served as a volunteer for more than 20 years in the Olde Towne Medication Assistance program, where she processed patient’s prescriptions to various pharmaceutical companies. She also volunteered her time at the Colonial Williamsburg Library and as a hostess for the William and Mary Elderhostel programs. She served as treasurer for the Council of Garden Clubs and was a member of the Virginia Nature Camp Scholarship Committee and a sponsor of scholarships in honor of her mother, Marie A. Brunner.

She was also active in the Kingsmill Garden Club, the 9 Hole Ladies golf group and the Symphonia League. Nancy and Sam also made up a ‘shot link’ measurement team during the Anheuser Busch PGA golf tournaments. Nancy was an avid reader and started a book club in Kingsmill. The Fletchers greatly enjoyed their travels to over 30 countries and tried to reciprocate their interest by hosting foreign students attending the College of William & Mary. They also enjoyed hosting the often neglected foreign students who regularly come to our great country on work permits with an opportunity to visit an American household and enjoy a home-cooked meal.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to donate to the charity of their choosing. When the time comes, Nancy’s and Sam’s ashes will be returned to the churchyard of their historic Setauket Presbyterian Church, where they will be closer to the memories of their happiest years of living on Strong’s Neck in Setauket, Long Island, N.Y.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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