Myrtle Fletcher
Myrtle Fletcher

Obituary of Myrtle C. Fletcher

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Myrtle C. FLETCHER, 92, died February 2, 2010 in Belfast. Born July 7, 1917 the 6th of ten children born to Horace and Jessie (Devereaux) Cunningham in Derby Maine, her birth certificate listed her only as Girl #2. So when she was 62, Mertie’s older sister, who had been present at her birth, had to sign an affidavit to prove Mertie’s identity. She attended school – all 12 grades in the same schoolhouse in Stockton Springs, graduating in 1934. Because jobs were scarce, she did babysitting for a few years until she was hired by a Belfast shoe factory, first as a stitcher, then for 27 years as packer – 200 dozen shoes a day! After the last factory closed, she worked at the Deborah Lincoln Home on Cedar Street. “Everywhere I went, I made friends”, Mertie remembers and those of us who knew her can certainly understand why. For 60 years until his death, she was married to Ernest Fletcher. Though one of their children died as a baby, they raised two daughters and a son to adulthood. Mertie made sure each attended Sunday School and graduated from high school before she “sent them off into the world”. While working, Mertie’s weekends were filled with children, cooking, washing and cleaning. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge for 60 years and Eastern Star for 55 years. Serving in several official capacities in both organizations, she said, gave her “a lot of confidence”. She was an active parishioner at St. Margaret’s Church, an altar guild member, a regular at suppers, book sales and fairs. Mertie was an avid supporter of both the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots, played a mean game of cribbage and enjoyed keeping in touch with her many friends. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Ernest Fletcher; seven siblings and an infant daughter. Survivors include her children, Regina Nickerson of Belfast, Ernestine Fraser of Belfast, and Buzzell Fletcher of Belmont; siblings Albert Cunningham of Houston, TX and Orville Cunningham of Belfast; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great, great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and special friend Faith Roberts. Spring burial will be held at Grove Cemetery in Belfast. On-line condolences may be placed at
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