Winifred May (Duplice) Fletcher
Winifred “Winnie” May (Duplice) Fletcher, 92, passed away Dec. 3, 2007, at Valley View Hospital.She was born Aug. 1, 1915, in Grand Valley (now Parachute), to Tina (Herwick) and John Duplice. The family moved to Glenwood Springs, where she attended school and later raised her family and spent most of her life.Winnie married Ralph Fletcher on March 11, 1947, in Rapid City, S.D. They lived in Glenwood Springs until the early 1970s, moved to Salt Lake City, and then to Grand Junction. She moved to New Castle in 2005 to live with her daughter and son-in-law.Winnie enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook for them and always had a special story to share. She worked in her yard until she was almost 90 years old and grew beautiful roses. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs for many years. She became a member of Crossroads Methodist Church in Grand Junction. She belonged to many bible study groups and was a devout Christian, giving to others in many ways.Winnie was a talented artist, painting pictures and china for family and friends. She also loved animals; her dogs were like her children.Winnie attended the re-opening of the Cardiff Schoolhouse in Glenwood Springs in August 2006. This was special to her because the schoolhouse had been owned by her family for 45 years. Both of Winnie’s sons attended the school, where she built the morning fires and did janitorial duties. She donated several items that were original to the schoolhouse, and was glad to see it restored.She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.Winnie is survived by children Donald (Eva) VanHoose of Parachute, Jack (Thelma) VanHoose of Grand Junction, De’Ann (Marvin) Smallwood of Missoula, Mont., and Linda (Darlwin) Lahe of New Castle; grandchildren Matthew (Vonnie) VanHoose of New Castle, Becky (Dennis) Brown of Silt, Cindy VanHoose of Minturn, Jack (Barbara) VanHoose of Albuquerque, N.M., Danny (Shelby) VanHoose of Fruita, Myria Smallwood and Jim Mullen of Glenwood Springs, Micke (Stacy) Smallwood of Grand Junction, Malinda (Donnie) Isenhart of New Castle, Misty (Dave) Betts of Gypsum; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters Idabelle Harding, Dorothy Moreland and Esther Hoffman; brother Edward “Bud” Duplice; and grandson Donnie VanHoose.Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
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