Gertrude Fletcher Valley
May 22, 1922 - March 30, 2017
Family and friends are invited to share stories and memories on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred. Burial will be later at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.
Gertrude Fletcher Valley, 94, passed away peacefully at home on March 30, 2017, surrounded by family after a period of declining health.
Gertrude had spent many years working at Pioneer Plastics of Sanford and then went on to work in the cafeteria at Nasson College in Springvale. She thoroughly enjoyed both jobs.
Gertrude was very active in the Springvale Free Baptist Church. She was not only a long-term Sunday School Teacher, a member of the Gleaners, but she made a huge step for women when she accepted the position of Deaconess, the first woman to ever hold that position.
Gertrude had many hobbies that made her happy. In her earlier years, she, along with her sister Evelyn were known as the “Sunshine Sisters”, where they went to the local nursing homes doing crafts and bringing joy to the elderly. She took so much pride in her beautiful flower gardens at her home in Shapleigh. Her vegetable gardens were so plentiful that she would gladly share with everyone and took pleasure in canning and freezing the crops to have on a cold winter’s day. She knit afghans for everyone and slippers galore, always a Christmas treat! During her later years, she took so much pleasure in her needlework and scrapbooking. This would keep her up till all hours of the night. She was always working on gifts for someone.
Gertrude is predeceased by her husband, George Fletcher, her son, Richard Fletcher, her husband, Clayton Valley, and Son-In-Law Robert Allen.
Gertrude is survived by her daughters, Muriel Gile and her husband Keith of Alfred and Carole Allen also of Alfred; 15 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to share stories and memories on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Autumn Green Funeral Home, 47 Oak St., in Alfred.
Committal prayers and burial will be later in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Alfred.
In Gertrude’s memory, please consider a donation to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063 – This Christian group helps families with daily sustainable living such as: clean water, seeds for planting and receiving a variety of livestock and poultry. Another favorite group is the Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, NY 10010 – This group helps children obtain surgical care for a cleft palate.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.