June 15, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Olga May Fletcher announces her passing on June 15, 2018 in her 88th year. She passed away in Chilliwack General Hospital after a brief illness with pneumonia and further complications.
The family acknowledges the professional health care personnel who cared for her throughout the years. The Royal Columbian surgeon and his team bought her twelve more years that we all appreciated. Following the surgery in 2006, the signs of dementia developed that progressively stole her memory from her. In later years, she was cared for at the Cottonwood Cottage and then the Waverly Seniors Village where she lived until her final days. The family appreciates the efforts and compassion Dr. Low and the hospital staff showed during the loss of our hero.
Olga was born in Portsmouth, England in 1929 and in 1947 married the love of her life Gilbert James Fletcher (Jim). In 1957 they emigrated to Chilliwack where Jim joined CFB Chilliwack. In 1959 their first son Andrew was born, followed in 1965 by their second son Robert. When Robert married (Deborah), Olga gladly took on the role of grandmother for the boys (Darren, Steven, Robert and Samuel). She also left behind 5 great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Jim (1975), her brother Snowy, her sisters Patricia and Maureen, leaving behind her younger sister Margaret. Prior to Jim passing, Olga was tasked with “take care of yourself and the boys”. Mom took that task to heart and lived her life and raised her boys to the fullest. She instilled in her family a strong sense of service to the community, which they proudly deliver upon.
Olga was active for many years within the community working at Fraser Vale, York Farms and Berryland. She was an accomplished artist who was active with the Chilliwack Brush and Palette Club and was one of Chilliwack’s Group of 5. Olga was an active volunteer in the community prior to the discovery of the aneurysm while she was on vacation in Scotland.
In 2017, Olga received her 35-year pin with the Ladies Auxiliary. Olga continued to attend the Legion with the assistance of family and friends where she had earned the name “The Candy Lady” while she danced and gave out candy.
Olga was a strong hearted individual who loved Jim, her family, music, a good laugh and a good dance at the Legion. We will miss her but celebrate the many memories she left us with.
A funeral will be held on June 30, 2018 at Noon at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, 46098 Higginson Road, Chilliwack followed by a celebration of life at 1 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 280), 5661 Vedder Road, Chilliwack.
Olga loved animals, in lieu of flowers, donations to the BCSPCA would be appreciated.