Shirley Hodgson Fletcher


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Brownville Junction and Bangor - Shirley Hodgson Fletcher, 93, died July 15, 2019, at Westgate Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Bangor, surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 19, 1925, in Brownville Junction, the daughter of Chester L. and Gertrude K. (Crandall) Hodgson. Shirley was a graduate of Brownville Junction High School, Class of 1943. In 1944, she went to attend the Eastern Academy of Beauty Culture in Bangor, and after completion, for a short time operated "The Beauty Nook" out of her parents' home.
On August 16, 1946, she married her high school sweetheart, "Jim" Fletcher, and with him raised their two daughters, Diane and Nancy, in Brownville Junction. She and Jim enjoyed their camp on Schoodic Lake in their younger years, and after retirement enjoyed taking bus tours around the country. They especially loved spending their winters in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with their friends. They made homes in Brownville Junction, Milo, and Bangor, before returning back to the Milo area to establish their roots once again.
Shirley worked for 14 years as a nurse's aide at the Milo Community Hospital and was an active member of the Brownville Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She belonged to various women's clubs and she loved hosting at her house serving her favorite lunch choice... "sandwiches." At the time of her husband's passing in 2010, they had been married for 64 years.
In her recent years, it was important to Shirley to convert to Catholicism, as this was the faith that held many special memories for her as a child, attending masses with her dear grandmother.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents; husband; infant sister, Faye; infant brother, Leslie; and her special sister-in-law, Helen Fletcher Cobb. She is survived by her two daughters, Diane Abrams and husband, Bob, and Nancy Russell and husband, Wally; 9 grandchildren, Rebecca Grant Widen and husband, Kurt, Matthew Grant and wife, Tara, Adam Grant, Molly Abrams and fiancé, Jason, Jill Morey and husband, Ben, Kerri Wiles and husband, Brian, Megan Dean and husband, Justin, Nick Abrams and wife, Jessie, and Rob Abrams and wife, Caitlin; 16 great-grandchildren, Noah, Justin and Isaiah Widen, Jude and Gabriel Grant, Carly and Nealie Morey, Lucy, Eve, and Elliot Wiles, Russell, William, and Harrison Dean, Emily Abrams, and Amelia and William Abrams; and a special niece, Donna Morrill.
The family wishes to thank special care givers, Sue Coburn, Glenda Heal, Betty Perry, and Barbara Gray, who not only did so much for their Mom, but also the family. They also wish to thank the staff at Westgate Center for Health and Rehabilitation for their compassionate and loving care for Shirley.
A memorial Mass will be held 10AM Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Sts. Francis Xavier and Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Milo, with Father Robert Lupo, celebrant. Burial will be in the family lot in the Pine Tree Cemetery, Brownville Junction. Following the burial, a reception will be held back at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolences and memories may be expressed at
Published on July 16, 2019
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Shirley Varney
Jul 27, 2019
Dear Nancy so sorry to hear about your mother she was a wonder person condolences to you and Wally
Pauline Fletcher Ireland
Jul 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of Aunt Shirleys passing. She was always such a happy sweet lady.
Cindy Holmes
Jul 17, 2019
I’m so sorry about your Mom passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hugs!
Debbie Knapp
Jul 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Betty Willett
Jul 17, 2019
With loving sympathy Diane, Nancy and your families. We had many good times with Shirley and Jim. Celebrating New Years with good Geisha crabmeat sandwiches for years was one of them. She loved you all so much. She will be missed. Love you.
Bethany Ellison
Jul 17, 2019
Im so sorry for your loss of your mom and grandmother , aunt, and friend. Shirley was a lovely woman. she was so funny when her and Barbara walker got together.. and they would giggle... Its always hard to see someone become someone you don't even know. the disease does this, but I believe down deep inside she was still there. she loved you all so much and had the best of care no matter where she was. she is healed , happy, and content now and shes with jimmy. shes at peace. she was so lucky to have all of you love her so much!!!sometimes its not easy... but always remember …. there is always love. love you all
Selma Larson
Jul 17, 2019
My sincerest sympathy to all her family.She was a pretty and softspoken lady.
Peace be with you all at this sad time.
Selma Larson
Tim and Brenda
Jul 17, 2019
So very sorry Diane and Nancy for the loss of your precious Mom. She was such a lady! I know you have many happy memories to treasure. Big hugs to you both...
Marty and Lorraine
Jul 17, 2019
To all of Shirley's family, Nancy, Diane, and Donna, We were so sorry to read about Shirley. Have many fond memories of her. She was one of the prettiest ladies I knew and was just as nice. I know you all have so many wonderful memories of your times together and these will help to fill that void she leaves. Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Josie and Bob Kord
Jul 17, 2019
Sincere condolences to the entire family. You were blessed to have Shirley this long and the very best of her lives on in each of you. May your sweet memories help to ease the pain of loss. God bless.
Kelley Carroll
Jul 17, 2019
So enjoyed my time with Shirley! I did have sandwiches with her a time or to. Will miss her. Love Kelley
Ron & Sue Chaffee
Jul 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss, but what joy to celebrate a life so well lived. Good memories of Shirley & Jim at Park St. UMC, and then later as they were good neighbors to my mom at Judson Heights in Bangor. Mom & Shirley enjoyed some good times!
George and Karen Dean
Jul 17, 2019
We have known Shirley all our lives growing up in Brownville Junction. She was always kind gentle and caring. We will miss her greatly. Our love and prayers to her granddaughter and our daughter-in-law Megan Dean and our extended family. George & Karen Dean
Ivan & Charlotte Higgins from Milo,Me.
Jul 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God be with you all.
Edwina Strout
Jul 16, 2019
Aileen and I send our love. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. I hope beautiful memories of this wonderful lady bring you some peace.
Edwina &Aileen;
Patricia Lindenberg
Jul 16, 2019
I feel sad thanking of you at this time of losing your beloved mother. May you find peace and feel her love always.

Eunice ( Brown) Preble
Jul 16, 2019
Diane and Nancy and families. My sincere sympathies to you all for the loss of your beautiful mom and gram. Hold on to the many memories you have made and hold them close. Sending love and prayers .
Linda Call Youngblood
Jul 16, 2019
Dear Diane and Nancy and families ~
I just read your Mother’s obituary and my heart goes out to you. I hadn’t seen your Mom for many years, but I remember her as a beautiful, kind, gentle, loving lady. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Keep your many memories close to your hearts. Hugs, Linda
Lynn Weston
Jul 16, 2019
Shirley was a sweet, sweet, lady. I fondly remember many conversations with her and Jimmy. She will be missed and I'm so glad I knew her, as well as her whole family.
Kelly Levesque
Jul 16, 2019
My condolences to Becky and her family. I'm sorry for your loss.
Kappy Zwicker
Jul 16, 2019
Dear Friends, So sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers as you move through the coming days. She was so blessed to have such a wonderful family in her corner. Love, Kappy
Tom Carle
Jul 16, 2019
To the family my prayers so your Moms passing will go easy on all of You. You now have another family member looking out for you from above.