Marcele (Marcie) Lorraine Ripley Fletcher, 94, of Southern Pines, N.C., passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Pinelake in Carthage, N.C. She is survived by her only daughter, Judith Ann McCune, and her husband Larry McCune of Seven Lakes, N.C.; two grandsons, Brent McCune (Melanie) of Phoenix, Ariz., and David McCune (Amy) of Austin, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Maridith McCune, Fletcher McCune and Johnna McCune of Ashland, Mo., and Candice Greer of Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Thomas H. Fletcher, in 2002. Marcele was the youngest, and last surviving, of 11 brothers and sisters and has many close nieces and nephews. She lived a wonderful life and will be missed by a large, beloved, extended family and many friends.
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Marcele was born in Dunkirk, Ohio, Aug. 24, 1918, to David and Mollie Ripley. She was raised in Dunkirk, where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Tom. In her early life, Marcele was a successful and popular waitress and became owner-operator of a frozen custard stand in Lima. Later she was a successful home products dealer wherever she lived. Marcele was a long time member of the Eastern Stars. She was a long-term breast cancer survivor.
In the 1960s Tom's work moved him from Lima, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and then to Miami, Fla. After retirement they moved to Beverly Hills, Fla., where Marcele lived for more than 25 years. She was an active bridge player and organizer during her Florida years. In 2009 Marcele moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living in Southern Pines, N.C., to be closer to her daughter. Marcele attended West End United Methodist Church whenever she was able. Preacher Won and his wife visited her often.
There will be a small private memorial ceremony later. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West End United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, West End, NC 27376.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com. Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is assisting with the funeral arrangements.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 7, 2012