Pat Fletcher passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 88. Born Patricia Adela Gibbard in the town of Rossland, British Columbia, Canada on June 2, 1931. “Patsy”, as she was then called, grew up in West Vancouver, Canada. She was the second child and oldest daughter of Charles and Leonora Gibbard. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother Richard and sister Diana (Craig).
After graduating from West Vancouver High School in 1949, Pat worked as a secretary at the Vancouver Sun newspaper until relocating with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she found employment at the Oakland Tribune. Through friends she made there, she met, fell in love with and married Tom Fletcher in quick succession. They lived and raised their family in the Bay Area until 1977, when they moved to Foresthill, California. They had a happy marriage lasting 41 years until Tom’s passing in 1994.
Pat’s passions were books, especially detective novels, painting, arts and crafts, and travel. She also did volunteer work with the Placer County Sheriffs office and Foresthill Chamber of Commerce. After retirement, Pat and Tom spent more time traveling the United States and Canada in their recreational trailer than time spent at home in Foresthill, California. She set up several lending libraries in the campgrounds they visited. After Tom’s death, Pat continued to make regular visits to Vancouver to spend time with lifelong friends and cousins. She always cherished her Canadian identity and English heritage.
Pat is survived by her son Glenn Fletcher, daughters Sheri Fieguth and Kim Floyd, all three of Foresthill, and her son Scott of Fremont, CA, as well as twelve grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.
The family is extremely grateful for the compassionate hospice caregivers who helped to make the last days of Pat’s life peaceful.
A graveside service was held on August 2, 2019 with family members present.