Virginia  Fletcher
Virginia Fletcher
Virginia Fletcher

August 27, 1915 - December 2, 2018
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines - Virginia Jane Votruba Fletcher, 103, died of natural causes on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, December 7, at Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines. Memorial service and reception will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 8, at Plymouth Congregational Church, following a private family burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Virginia (Truby) was born in Des Moines on August 27, 1915, the first child of Matthew and Ethel Votruba, and older sister of Betty (Blount) and Mary Lou (Willis). She attended Hubbell Elementary School, Roosevelt High School, and graduated from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. in 1935. She continued her studies at Drake University, until her drive to start a career landed her at Equitable Life of Iowa. She often reflected on her Equitable years as being rewarding, exciting, and important. Her ambition to move into management was set aside when she met the man she knew she could not keep waiting. On March 21, 1941, she married Jonathan M. Fletcher, who would be her treasured love and companion through 63 extraordinary years of married life.

Virginia loved and cherished her family. She took on the role of "The General," running a family of four kids while serving as a key confidante in her husband's savings and loan business, Home Federal Savings (later to become American Federal Savings & Loan).

Virginia and her husband enjoyed traveling with their kids, oftentimes dictated by University of Iowa Bowl games. They attended every Iowa Hawkeye Rose Bowl in the '50s through the '90s. Summers were spent at Virginia's cherished Lake Vermilion in Northern Minnesota. They became seasonal residents of Bradenton, Florida in the '70s and '80s. Dear friends were always part of Virginia and Jonathan's travels and vacations.

On the occasion of Virginia's 100th birthday, family and friends celebrated her amazing life.

At that celebration, she was then and continues to be admired for her kindness, humor, wisdom, and common sense. People appreciated her respect and consideration for others. What many may have enjoyed most was her spontaneous fun and wit. She enjoyed golf, bridge, fishing and even tried scuba diving and snow angels (in a bathing suit, no less) in her 80s! In her later years, she would listen to lively conversations while dining out and share her perspective that left all nodding their heads. The next question was always: "Hey, did someone get Virginia's comments down in writing? We don't want to forget her words of wisdom."

Virginia's many affiliations included Plymouth Congregational Church, Junior League of Des Moines, American Home Club, Wakonda Club, Des Moines Club, Lincoln Highway Association, and Des Moines Pioneer Club. Virginia loved her city of Des Moines, and along with her husband cared about and participated in the growth and development of Des Moines.

Virginia leaves her two sons, Gary Fletcher of Des Moines, John Fletcher (Nancy) of Lodi, Calif.; two daughters, Ginny Fletcher of Des Moines, Katy Fletcher (Charles) of Bellevue, Wash.; three grandchildren, Jonathan Fletcher (Amanda) of Des Moines, Stephen Fletcher of Lake Forest, Ill., and Drew O'Kain of Oakland, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Alex Fletcher of Des Moines, Linley and Lucy Fletcher of Lake Forest, Ill.; brother-in-law, Donald Willis of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.; nieces, Nancy Willis of Des Moines and Janne Fecht of Porter Ranch, Calif.; nephews Jeff Willis (Terry) of Tampa, Fla., Joe Willis of Des Moines, Miles Blount of Denver, Colo., Van Blount (Julianne) of Council Bluffs, Randy Blount of Rapid City, S.D., Fletcher Gross (Sally) of Salt Lake City, and David Gross of San Jose, Calif. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, her two sisters and her parents.

Virginia's family extends heartfelt thanks to the extraordinary staff of Wesley Life's Edgewater community who became her extended family in recent years.

The family requests that memorials be directed to Plymouth Congregational Church, Des Moines Art Center or WesleyLife Hospice.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Friday, December 7, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM