Betty Isabel (nee Miller) Fletcher was born on September 1, 1921, in Brockville, Ontario, to Frank Archer and Rena (nee Dowell) Miller. She was their only child. Betty stayed in Brockville until 1945. Through her volunteer involvement with the Canadian Army’s officer training camp in Brockville, she met her husband, Newton Herndon Fletcher, who had traveled up from his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, to join the Canadian forces during World War II. They were married in February 1943.
After the war, they moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where Herndon, or Fletch as he was popularly known, attended Harvard Law School while Betty was employed in clerical positions. Eventually they moved to New York and settled in Westchester County. While Fletch worked as a corporate lawyer for Uniroyal in Manhattan, Betty continued to work in clerical and editorial capacities. In 1956, their one and only child, Diana Gail, was born. As a family, they attended the Presbyterian Church in Irvington, New York.
Subsequently, they lived in Southbury, Connecticut; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Athens, Ontario, Canada; Sarasota, Florida. They both loved golf and curling. Betty adored playing bridge. And they treasured their numerous overseas trips. Betty liked having a couple of pets most of her life, especially their English bulldog, Cromwell.
After Fletch passed away in May 2000, Betty lived alone in Sarasota, Florida, until she moved back to Canada to be with Diana and her husband, Ian, in 2014. She ended her life on June 27, 2017, in the country in which she began it, having enjoyed a varied, active and edifying life.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Diana Gail Fletcher-deZeeuw, and son-in-law, Ian Arie de Zeeuw, of Deep Brook, Nova Scotia, as well as second and third cousins in Eastern Ontario.