Mary Ellen Jenks FLETCHER (08/23/1931 - 08/20/2013)

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FLETCHER, Mary Ellen Jenks (Age 81) Mary Ellen Jenks Fletcher, 81, passed on to heaven early Tuesday morning, August 20, 2013. She was at her Pullman home, surrounded by her family. Mary was born in Braymer, Missouri on August 23, 1931 to Ed and Lily Jenks. She passed just days short of her 82nd birthday. Mary moved from Braymer to Kootenai, Idaho, as a child and then to Spokane and graduated from North Central High School. Mary was married to Gordon Leon Fletcher on August 27, 1950 in Spokane, Washington. They moved to Pullman and built the family home in 1957 where she loved living ever since. Mary and Gordon had four children, Dennis Fletcher (wife, Jennifer Fletcher) of Spokane; Marsha Fletcher Morris (husband Scott Morris) of Phoenix, Arizona; Rick Fletcher of Moscow, Idaho and Karen Johnsen (husband, Doug Johnsen) of Auburn, Washington. Her grandchildren include: Taylor and David Morris; Jaime Fletcher Parker; Erin; Benjamin and Alyssa Fletcher and Cindy Sandman, Rachel Moore and Andrew Johnsen. Family was central to Mary's life which included frequent gatherings and close relationships with Gordon's eight siblings and their spouses, along with 27 nieces and nephews and over 75 great nieces, nephews and cousins. Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband Gordon who passed away in 1977. Gordon and Mary were very involved in their children's lives in Pullman and served as Indian Guide, Boy Scout and Campfire leaders as well as baseball and softball coaches. Mary made it a point to attend all of her children's activities faithfully throughout her life. Following Gordon's death, Mary ensured her children all completed college and beyond, equipped only with determination and her bookkeeper's income. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters , Maxine Wentroble, Lily Mae (Curly) Chambers and brother Ed Jenks. Many people will remember Mary from her days at Finch's Grocery, where she worked as a bookkeeper from 1975 to the early 90's. At the cash register, her ready smile, thoughtful comment or quip and willingness to help, allowed her to touch many people's lives which she enjoyed thoroughly. Mary was an avid sports fan, especially all Washington State sports and Gonzaga Men and Women's Basketball. She never gave up on the Seattle Mariners and you could find the game on in her living room every night. She will be missed profoundly as she was deeply loved by her children and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. The funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman, WA. Burial will take place at the Pullman Cemetery followed by a reception for family and friends. Memorial donations are suggested to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery in Spokane, WA Online condolences may be sent to

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 22, 2013
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